Acid attack is one of the most heinous crimes against women.
It has been estimated that around a thousand women are victim to acid attacks per year in India. Acid attacks in India have a gendered aspect to them: analyses of reports revealed that at least 72% of reported attacks included one female victim. 34% of the analysed print media in India cited rejection of marriage or refusal of sexual advances by women as the cause of the attack and even dowry disagreements have shown to spur acid attacks. Land, property, and/or business disputes accounted for 20% of acid assaults.
Most survivors experience a dramatic change in their lifestyle and face social isolation that damages their self-esteem and economic position. The trauma stems from excruciating pain and unbearable shock compounded by social rejection even by their own family members.
This is a series of illustrations with the sole purpose of changing the mindset of how the general public looks at acid attack survivors and even how the victims look at themselves.
In my opinion, scars and bruises on the bodies of the survivors should not be a sight of pity. These marks should be considered beautiful. Victims should not feel insecure about their appearance but should sense a feeling of pride because they were strong enough to survive the inhumane incident.
I’ve doodled the various parts which are disfigured because these floral patterns beautify their face and soul. Their marks, scars and bruises are like doodles on their bodies – an everlasting impression of their courage and strength.
Hydrochloric acid, Nitric acid and Sulphuric acid cause severe burning of the face and even the bones get melted. If the acid enters the eyes of the victim, she loses her eyesight. In some cases, the women lost their ability to hear due to the attack. When the acid enters the windpipe or food pipe, it leads to fatal diseases like Ulcer. Many deaths have been reported after acid attacks.
There are instances when the entire face is affected.
This is a plea to all the victims to not lose their self-confidence. This is a reminder for all the on-lookers to salute their undying spirit.