This Designer And These Models Are Helping To Raise Awareness Of Acid Attacks In India

She's a survivor, not a victim.

Six years ago, Rupa lay sleeping... her village home in Uttar Pradesh, India, when her stepmother came in and threw acid on her. She was left lying there for six hours without medical attention until her uncle took her to the hospital.

In the aftermath, her family took her out of school.

"They said I might as well help them with housework," she told Stop Acid Attacks. "My father refused to get me treated if I pressed charges against my stepmother. But I was determined. My uncle helped me file a complaint and get medical help."

After 11 reconstructive surgeries, Rupa no longer speaks to her father. Her step-mother is now free, having served just a year and a half in prison.

Rupa now works alongside the team at Stop Acid Attacks.

She and others are helping to raise awareness of acid attacks and organize victims and activists. Acid Survivors Trust International discusses the "reasons" behind these attacks: "Victims of acid violence are attacked for many reasons, and the patterns of attack vary from country to country. Sometimes they result from domestic or land disputes, dowry demands or revenge. In many cases they are a form of gender based violence, perhaps because a young girl or woman spurned sexual advances or rejected a marriage proposal." They also cite the wide availability of acid, meant for industrial use, as adding to the problem.

Recently, however, Rupa was successful in helping create a campaign that banned the open sale of acid in India.

As a young girl, Rupa loved making clothes.

Stop Acid Attacks recently started crowdfunding campaigns in America and India to help Rupa fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer. To date, they have raised enough to rent her a small boutique in Delhi, along with the necessary capital to purchase supplies and machines. She also wants to employ acid attack survivors in her shop.

Her Indie-Go-Go campaign has 4 days left.

In keeping with her dedication to acid attack awareness, Rupa often has survivors model her designs.

There is still plenty of work to be done in the fight against acid attacks. As it stands, there are still no laws that specifically prohibit acid attacks in India. Stop Acid Attacks is working diligently to address and correct this ongoing problem and to try to stop these assaults. Source(s): Stop Acid Attacks: Facebook, Rupa's IndieGoGo campaign,, and Rupa's crowdfunding site in India. Images used with permission from Stop Acid Attacks.

For more information on acid attacks, please go to Acid Survivors Trust International and

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