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These Acid Attack Survivors In Bangladesh Are Redefining The Notions Of Beauty andamp We Cant Be More Proud

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Every year, March 8 marks the International Women’s Day, commemorating women’s rights and celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. However, what’s the use of celebrating it on one particular day, when the rest of the year witnesses some women getting harassed and exploited at the hands of some miscreants. Be it the New Year’s Eve at Bengaluru that turned into a mass molestation, a girl being raped in a moving bus in Delhi or women being attacked by acid just because they didn’t give in to the molester’s requests – women have had to learn about the society’s harsh truth the hard way. 

Acid Attack Survivors In Bangladesh Own The Runway With Style At A Fashion Show© Reuters

Acid attacks on women have been on constant rise and the mental, physical and psychological trauma they go through is painful to even imagine. On one hand where the society sets certain standards for beauty, the acid attack survivors are left with scars that are unbearably agonizing. However, an NGO called ActionAid is helping these women regain confidence by trying to challenge the conventional beauty standards and unchaining them from the societal taboos and stereotypes. 

Acid Attack Survivors In Bangladesh Own The Runway With Style At A Fashion Show© Reuters

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Bangladesh set a great example for the world to follow when some acid attack survivors walked or should we say owned the runway with style, as a part of the show called ‘Beauty Redefined’ organized by ActionAid. Fashion designer and former model, Bibi Russell planned the entire show which was attended by activists, diplomats and fashion lovers. We are sure that this would have been a truly empowering experience for all the models who participated in the show. 

Acid Attack Survivors In Bangladesh Own The Runway With Style At A Fashion Show© Reuters

The models were dancing, singing, walking the catwalk and showcasing woven handloom Bangladeshi designs. Reportedly, the organizers wanted to bring to notice the fact that acid attack survivors too are a significant part of our society and shouldn’t be left on the sidelines. Bangladesh is said to have struggled with acid attacks for quite some time now and has in fact introduced cruel punishments against the people behind it. Reportedly in 2016, over 40 cases of acid attacks were reported in Bangladesh. 

Acid Attack Survivors In Bangladesh Own The Runway With Style At A Fashion Show© Reuters

People are taught to respect each other’s decisions and choices, yet it seems that women aren’t considered to be eligible for this right. Maybe that’s why some spurned lovers think that if a woman doesn’t comply with their advances, they can burn her face with acid ‘to teach her a lesson.’ If one truly believes in celebrating women’s day and wants them to flourish in the world, these cruel acts need to stop.  

Source: Independent 

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