An Acid Attack Survivor’s Dream of Owning a Salon’s Coming True Thanks to Miranda House Students

The salon will also double up as an entrepreneurial shelter for other acid attack survivors and victims of domestic abuse.

Soniya Choudhary survived a horrific acid attack that left her face damaged. And she wants to make sure other people look and feel their best. A fighter by nature, this beautician wants to set up and run her own salon. And making her dreams come true are the young women studying in Miranda House.

A group of students from the Delhi-based college for women are currently crowdsourcing funds to help Soniya.

Through a project they have dubbed Jazba, they hope to raise ₹1,50,000 to help her set up a beauty parlour.

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Dindi Padi, one of the students who is helping raise the money, spoke to the Hindustan Times and noted that they undertook the project after doing their due research. She said, “We conducted a survey to know if people will like to go to a salon, which is run by acid attack survivors and received a positive feedback because all they were interested in was quality services. This gave us the courage to go ahead with our plan.”

But the group isn’t just interested in raising money and giving it to Soniya; they want to build a sustainable business model that will help her succeed in her goal. The parlour, which will be named Astitva, will also double up as an entrepreneurial shelter for other acid victims in need of a job and some security in life.

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In addition, the Jazba campaign, in a bid to raise awareness on the uncomfortable truth of acid attacks, has also organised street plays on this subject.

Soniya, for her part, is excited about starting afresh. A decade ago she bought a mobile phone from a man but later found out that the unit was stolen. The man, who was arrested for the felony, blamed her for him being sent to jail and threw acid on her face.

Having received training from Shehnaz Hussain Institute, she notes that apart from employing acid attack victims in her salon, she is also keen to work alongside survivors of domestic violence.

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