Diaries of Acid Victims


For some victims the fight is even tougher. The society they live in believes that there must be some fault of the girl for such an incident to occur. When the real picture is that rejection results in acid attacks, but the society remains blind to it,” says Ravi.

This story was originally published in March 2015.

Ravi Choudhary is a photographer for the New Indian Express. His series Dairies of Acid Victims is part of a group exhibition at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 25 February —8 March, 2015.

Acid attack victims are left completely confounded by the trauma of the incident. “It is one of the worst forms of crimes against women. It is not just an emotional or mental trauma, but also a lingering pain to try and cope up with life after the attack. Moreover, the treatment too, for an acid attack victim is very expensive,” says Ravi Choudhary. The 29-year-old photographer has been documenting these atrocities and the harsh realities of the lives of the victims.

He tells the story of Arif, who is fighting a case against the attackers of his 14-year-old daughter, Tuba. “The accused are claiming to be juveniles, and if proven so, they will be scott free, as the Indian judicial system does not have provision of a harsher punishment of juveniles guilty of hideous crimes.”

Often, the perpetrator is well known to the victim and the only instigation is simple rejection. With only vengeance in mind, these attackers often throw acid at their victim’s faces, burning them, and damaging skin tissue.

— Written by Aditya Nair

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