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 “I once had beautiful dreams. Then they were replaced by nightmares,” Sanchayita whispers while showing photos of her before acid attack. She was attacked at Kolkata in 2014 at the age of 22 by an abusive ex-boyfriend due to her refusal to continue extremely unhealthy relationship. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 “I used to dream of being a cop,” Sanchayita speaks while showing photos of her before acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 Scars from the acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 Her mother works as a housemaid and she only has one dream. Every sweat of hers is dedicated for her daughter, to make her the first educated person among relatives. Both of their dreams and hopes were shuttered after the attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 “A jealous demon with mask,” Shachayita named her ex-boyfriend, Soumen Saha. Since the beginning of the relationship, he always lied about his identity, background and everything. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 The ex-boyfriend Soumen Saha constantly lied to her to impress Sanchayita. He told her that he is an officer from Criminal Investigation department who possess buildings. When Sanchayita's uncle did a background check because of his suspicious manner, he found out that everything about him is a lie. Sanchayita lost her privacy as he always stalked even a phone call to her friends. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 For 2 years, the pathologically lying ex-boyfriend abused her with isolation: kept her from spending time with friends and family, taking the ATM cards and phones of her family so that she cannot connect with other people. Finally, she broke up with him. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 "2014 September 22nd, 7PM was the time and this is exactly where it happened," Sanchayita muttered. "I was walking with my mom at Dum Dum, Kolkata and a guy approached me. I realized it's my ex-boyfriend when he got closer. He asked me whether I still want to be with him. I refused. And then he threw the yellow acid to me," she explained about the incident. She turned her face to the other side but it was too late. Something was burning already. Her skin was peeling off. Washing with water did not change anything. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 She was attacked one day before Mahalaya religious festival. Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival, the moment the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth. "I was hospitalized on the day godness Durga descend. I still remember how everybody was excited about the festival. Everyday of the whole 16 days festival period, I engulfed in pain," she explained. 07/20/18, Kumortuli, Kolkata.
       
     
 "It took 19 days on the hospital bed and 2 years of recovery. I saw other patients who shared same tragedy as me. I tried to concole them, telling them everything gonna be alright." 07/20/18, RG Kar Hospital, Kolkata
       
     
 "I lost count how many surgeries that I had to go through. Those surgeries couldn't save my right eye," Sanchayita said. Due to the attack, her right eye's cornea was destroyed. Consequently, their family financial condition was extremely terrible. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 She had to collaborate with the human rights NGOs to push the police for investigation. After many attempts, the police and court started to take action. It took her 4 years to hunt down the attacker.  March 26th 2018, 1:00AM, there was a phone call by the police, informing her the attacker, the former boyfriend, Soumen Saha, was arrested. She rushed to the police station and slapped the attacker's face with anger.  “For the last four years my life has gone through immense pain," She said. She is still waiting until justice is served. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 The attacker testified that he committed the crime so that she cannot show her face to the society and hide herself with shame without leaving the house. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 She knew what the attacker wants, to isolate her from society the rest of her life and to live with shame. She was so broken at first but then decided to face the whole world. "I was so suprised there are people who do not like that I am on my own feet again. Some said I deserved this. Society treats victims as an outcast and we, the victims should not restrict themselves to home," Sanchayita mentioned. 07/20/18- Dum Dum, Kolkata
       
     
 More than two-thirds of 1,500 acid attacks worldwide each year are estimated to take place in India, many by enraged family members or jilted partners. Few victims report the attacks, for fear of reprisals by abusers, even though the resulting disfigurement often brings isolation and rejection.  7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 The victim-blaming culture is deep-rooted in India. People's prejudice and judgment are challenges for Sanchayitain daily basis. People laugh at her and make fun of her face. To fight back, she stopped covering herself with the scarf. She, as a strong woman, is finally able to ignore those judging eyes.  Some people do not even like that she is now on her own feet, becoming independent as they think she should just stay at home, hiding. She currently works as an advocate for the prevention of acid attacks in Kolkata. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 After the breakup with ex-boyfriend, she found a wonderful man who loves her exactly just the way she is. "He never leaves my side since that happened," Sanchayita told me. Before the attack to 4 years after the attack, they are still together. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 "He is always there for me against the will of his family. Because of I lost my right eye, I have daily problems such as walking or riding bicycle. He told me that he'll be my new right eye," Sanchayita said. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 "Acid should be used in more appropriate way than harming. Government needs to regulate on acid usage," Sanchayita mentioned. "People who love each other never harm each other." She now works as anti acid attack advocate at Human Rights Law Network organizaiton, raising awarness and helping victims. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
 With a smile, Sanchayita said,"I'm beautiful. I have to go through many things to get that feeling back. And I'll never forget that."  She had unburnt the burn and reborn like a phoenix. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     
BOMD.jpg
       
     
 “I once had beautiful dreams. Then they were replaced by nightmares,” Sanchayita whispers while showing photos of her before acid attack. She was attacked at Kolkata in 2014 at the age of 22 by an abusive ex-boyfriend due to her refusal to continue extremely unhealthy relationship. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

“I once had beautiful dreams. Then they were replaced by nightmares,” Sanchayita whispers while showing photos of her before acid attack. She was attacked at Kolkata in 2014 at the age of 22 by an abusive ex-boyfriend due to her refusal to continue extremely unhealthy relationship. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 “I used to dream of being a cop,” Sanchayita speaks while showing photos of her before acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

“I used to dream of being a cop,” Sanchayita speaks while showing photos of her before acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 Scars from the acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

Scars from the acid attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 Her mother works as a housemaid and she only has one dream. Every sweat of hers is dedicated for her daughter, to make her the first educated person among relatives. Both of their dreams and hopes were shuttered after the attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

Her mother works as a housemaid and she only has one dream. Every sweat of hers is dedicated for her daughter, to make her the first educated person among relatives. Both of their dreams and hopes were shuttered after the attack. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 “A jealous demon with mask,” Shachayita named her ex-boyfriend, Soumen Saha. Since the beginning of the relationship, he always lied about his identity, background and everything. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

“A jealous demon with mask,” Shachayita named her ex-boyfriend, Soumen Saha. Since the beginning of the relationship, he always lied about his identity, background and everything. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 The ex-boyfriend Soumen Saha constantly lied to her to impress Sanchayita. He told her that he is an officer from Criminal Investigation department who possess buildings. When Sanchayita's uncle did a background check because of his suspicious manner, he found out that everything about him is a lie. Sanchayita lost her privacy as he always stalked even a phone call to her friends. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

The ex-boyfriend Soumen Saha constantly lied to her to impress Sanchayita. He told her that he is an officer from Criminal Investigation department who possess buildings. When Sanchayita's uncle did a background check because of his suspicious manner, he found out that everything about him is a lie. Sanchayita lost her privacy as he always stalked even a phone call to her friends. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 For 2 years, the pathologically lying ex-boyfriend abused her with isolation: kept her from spending time with friends and family, taking the ATM cards and phones of her family so that she cannot connect with other people. Finally, she broke up with him. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

For 2 years, the pathologically lying ex-boyfriend abused her with isolation: kept her from spending time with friends and family, taking the ATM cards and phones of her family so that she cannot connect with other people. Finally, she broke up with him. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 "2014 September 22nd, 7PM was the time and this is exactly where it happened," Sanchayita muttered. "I was walking with my mom at Dum Dum, Kolkata and a guy approached me. I realized it's my ex-boyfriend when he got closer. He asked me whether I still want to be with him. I refused. And then he threw the yellow acid to me," she explained about the incident. She turned her face to the other side but it was too late. Something was burning already. Her skin was peeling off. Washing with water did not change anything. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

"2014 September 22nd, 7PM was the time and this is exactly where it happened," Sanchayita muttered. "I was walking with my mom at Dum Dum, Kolkata and a guy approached me. I realized it's my ex-boyfriend when he got closer. He asked me whether I still want to be with him. I refused. And then he threw the yellow acid to me," she explained about the incident. She turned her face to the other side but it was too late. Something was burning already. Her skin was peeling off. Washing with water did not change anything. 07/19/18, Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 She was attacked one day before Mahalaya religious festival. Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival, the moment the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth. "I was hospitalized on the day godness Durga descend. I still remember how everybody was excited about the festival. Everyday of the whole 16 days festival period, I engulfed in pain," she explained. 07/20/18, Kumortuli, Kolkata.
       
     

She was attacked one day before Mahalaya religious festival. Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival, the moment the goddess Durga is believed to have descended to Earth. "I was hospitalized on the day godness Durga descend. I still remember how everybody was excited about the festival. Everyday of the whole 16 days festival period, I engulfed in pain," she explained. 07/20/18, Kumortuli, Kolkata.

 "It took 19 days on the hospital bed and 2 years of recovery. I saw other patients who shared same tragedy as me. I tried to concole them, telling them everything gonna be alright." 07/20/18, RG Kar Hospital, Kolkata
       
     

"It took 19 days on the hospital bed and 2 years of recovery. I saw other patients who shared same tragedy as me. I tried to concole them, telling them everything gonna be alright." 07/20/18, RG Kar Hospital, Kolkata

 "I lost count how many surgeries that I had to go through. Those surgeries couldn't save my right eye," Sanchayita said. Due to the attack, her right eye's cornea was destroyed. Consequently, their family financial condition was extremely terrible. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

"I lost count how many surgeries that I had to go through. Those surgeries couldn't save my right eye," Sanchayita said. Due to the attack, her right eye's cornea was destroyed. Consequently, their family financial condition was extremely terrible. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 She had to collaborate with the human rights NGOs to push the police for investigation. After many attempts, the police and court started to take action. It took her 4 years to hunt down the attacker.  March 26th 2018, 1:00AM, there was a phone call by the police, informing her the attacker, the former boyfriend, Soumen Saha, was arrested. She rushed to the police station and slapped the attacker's face with anger.  “For the last four years my life has gone through immense pain," She said. She is still waiting until justice is served. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

She had to collaborate with the human rights NGOs to push the police for investigation. After many attempts, the police and court started to take action. It took her 4 years to hunt down the attacker.

March 26th 2018, 1:00AM, there was a phone call by the police, informing her the attacker, the former boyfriend, Soumen Saha, was arrested. She rushed to the police station and slapped the attacker's face with anger.

“For the last four years my life has gone through immense pain," She said. She is still waiting until justice is served. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 The attacker testified that he committed the crime so that she cannot show her face to the society and hide herself with shame without leaving the house. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

The attacker testified that he committed the crime so that she cannot show her face to the society and hide herself with shame without leaving the house. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 She knew what the attacker wants, to isolate her from society the rest of her life and to live with shame. She was so broken at first but then decided to face the whole world. "I was so suprised there are people who do not like that I am on my own feet again. Some said I deserved this. Society treats victims as an outcast and we, the victims should not restrict themselves to home," Sanchayita mentioned. 07/20/18- Dum Dum, Kolkata
       
     

She knew what the attacker wants, to isolate her from society the rest of her life and to live with shame. She was so broken at first but then decided to face the whole world. "I was so suprised there are people who do not like that I am on my own feet again. Some said I deserved this. Society treats victims as an outcast and we, the victims should not restrict themselves to home," Sanchayita mentioned. 07/20/18- Dum Dum, Kolkata

 More than two-thirds of 1,500 acid attacks worldwide each year are estimated to take place in India, many by enraged family members or jilted partners. Few victims report the attacks, for fear of reprisals by abusers, even though the resulting disfigurement often brings isolation and rejection.  7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

More than two-thirds of 1,500 acid attacks worldwide each year are estimated to take place in India, many by enraged family members or jilted partners. Few victims report the attacks, for fear of reprisals by abusers, even though the resulting disfigurement often brings isolation and rejection.

7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 The victim-blaming culture is deep-rooted in India. People's prejudice and judgment are challenges for Sanchayitain daily basis. People laugh at her and make fun of her face. To fight back, she stopped covering herself with the scarf. She, as a strong woman, is finally able to ignore those judging eyes.  Some people do not even like that she is now on her own feet, becoming independent as they think she should just stay at home, hiding. She currently works as an advocate for the prevention of acid attacks in Kolkata. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

The victim-blaming culture is deep-rooted in India. People's prejudice and judgment are challenges for Sanchayitain daily basis. People laugh at her and make fun of her face. To fight back, she stopped covering herself with the scarf. She, as a strong woman, is finally able to ignore those judging eyes.

Some people do not even like that she is now on her own feet, becoming independent as they think she should just stay at home, hiding. She currently works as an advocate for the prevention of acid attacks in Kolkata. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 After the breakup with ex-boyfriend, she found a wonderful man who loves her exactly just the way she is. "He never leaves my side since that happened," Sanchayita told me. Before the attack to 4 years after the attack, they are still together. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

After the breakup with ex-boyfriend, she found a wonderful man who loves her exactly just the way she is. "He never leaves my side since that happened," Sanchayita told me. Before the attack to 4 years after the attack, they are still together. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 "He is always there for me against the will of his family. Because of I lost my right eye, I have daily problems such as walking or riding bicycle. He told me that he'll be my new right eye," Sanchayita said. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

"He is always there for me against the will of his family. Because of I lost my right eye, I have daily problems such as walking or riding bicycle. He told me that he'll be my new right eye," Sanchayita said. 7/18/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 "Acid should be used in more appropriate way than harming. Government needs to regulate on acid usage," Sanchayita mentioned. "People who love each other never harm each other." She now works as anti acid attack advocate at Human Rights Law Network organizaiton, raising awarness and helping victims. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

"Acid should be used in more appropriate way than harming. Government needs to regulate on acid usage," Sanchayita mentioned. "People who love each other never harm each other." She now works as anti acid attack advocate at Human Rights Law Network organizaiton, raising awarness and helping victims. 7/19/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.

 With a smile, Sanchayita said,"I'm beautiful. I have to go through many things to get that feeling back. And I'll never forget that."  She had unburnt the burn and reborn like a phoenix. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.
       
     

With a smile, Sanchayita said,"I'm beautiful. I have to go through many things to get that feeling back. And I'll never forget that."

She had unburnt the burn and reborn like a phoenix. 7/20/18-Dum Dum, Kolkata.