Friday, 9 September 2016

India acid attack victim walks New York Fashion Week

Reshma Quereshi 19 walked the New York Fashion runway on Thursday to promote the ban on the sale of corrosive substances used to maim thousands of women and children everyyear.

She opened the show with a long sleeve white gown by Indian designer Archana Kochhar during her first trip to the United States as she never thought she will go there or eeven walk a runway Reuters gathered.

Two years ago she was attacked with sulfuric acid by her estranged brother in law and two other men.She lost one of her eyes in the process and suffered severed facial burns. She had to go through several skin graft surgeries and also contemplated suicide before she met the founder of 'Make Love Not scars'. Its a group that helps survivors of gender based crimes.

She stated that she needed other acid survivors to be convinced and inspired from her runway walk and believe they have hope.She also hopes countries will regulate the sale cheap and available acids. She stressed how happy and excited she was for making the trip. She spoke through a translator.

"No one else understands what an acid attack is except the survivors themselves," she said. "I do not want this to happen to anyone else."

About 1,500 acid attacks are reported each year, but Jaf Shah, the executive director of the London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), said the real number is many times higher.

India has the highest of recorded acid attacks. Countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Colombia have recorded high cases of acid attacks too.


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