Campaign Ended! The campaign ended on May, 31 2016
Charity Acid Attack Victim
First and foremost, a Huge Thank you for supporting our campaign!
She wanted to study. She had dreams for herself…
Gulnaaz was 17 when her life changed forever. She was a good student at her school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. She never knew that a visit to her grandmother’s village near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh would be such a turning point in her life. It was at this village that a man who was almost twice her age started pursuing her for marriage, because he thought she was very beautiful. She was completely shocked, not only because the man was much older than her, but also because she had never even thought of marriage. She wanted to study, find a job and help her family first.
But he wouldn’t let go and he pursued her to Dehuradun. He met Gulnaaz’s family and placed his proposal for marriage again. Her family also supported her and refused to get her married to him.
On 24 November 2014, when Gulnaaz was returning from school, the man accosted her and she noticed he was carrying a bottle in his hands. Something alerted her of the danger and she started running away from him, but she tripped and fell down. He caught hold of her, threw acid on her and also tried to attack her with a knife.
The acid has left her permanently scarred…
Unable to bear the burning sensation, Gulnaaz ran back home and poured water on herself. Her family immediately took her to hospital, and luckily her eyes could be saved. But the acid burnt through both her ears and parts of her scalp. Gulnaaz also has contractures on her neck and burn scars on her chest and both hands.
Gulnaaz had initially received treatment at Dehradun and her family had to borrow money to fund her treatment. Recently, with the help of volunteers from Make Love Not Scars and Human Rights Law Network, she has also been receiving treatment free-of-cost at New Delhi’s Max Hospital.
Despite her scars, Gulnaaz has continued her studies and has given her senior secondary (12th standard) exams in March this year. She hasn’t given up her dreams of studying and getting a good job.
Gulnaaz needs help for her medications…
Although Gulnaaz is being operated upon free-of-cost for her scars and contractures, she needs money to buy her regular medications, which cost around INR 4,000 per month. Her father is presently the only earning member of her family, and he has a small-time job as a contract painter. Gulnaaz hopes to get a job for herself in one year’s time, so that she can pay for her own medicines.
Through this campaign, we hope to raise INR 50,000, so that Gulnaaz can get a year’s supply of medicines for herself.