An acid attack survivor who used to hide her face has bravely posed for a fashion photo shoot with her friends and fellow survivors, all of whom wore her own designs.
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They have spent years hiding their faces - until now. United, they have come forward and decided to take part in the fashion shoot.
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Rupa, who dropped her surname after she disowned her father for supporting her stepmother after she attacked her with acid, teamed up with a charity campaign Stop Acid Attacks and decided to fight for justice for herself and other acid attack fighters.
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They have also created Chhaon, a support centre for acid attack survivors. It's a clean, safe and comfortable environment for them to spend time in while they receive medical aid. Chhaon has also become a meeting house for all survivors where they chat, sing, dance - and laugh.
Rupa was asleep in August 2008 when her stepmother threw acid on her face. She was found guilty and sentenced to prison but India's poor judicial system has meant she is now free and living her life with no signs of remorse after serving just 18 months.
'I used to cover my face with a scarf - but not any more': Indian acid attack survivors unite for inspirational fashion shoot
Five acid attack victims have taken part in a unique photo shoot
The clothes were designed by Rupa who is also a victim
She refused to let her attack destroy her dream of becoming a designer
The shoot was photographed by Rahul Saharan
By TANIYA DUTTA
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 12:52 EST, 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:00 EST, 12 August 2014