Mail Today’s Headline About An Acid Attack Survivor At NY Fashion Week Is Damn Insensitive

Posted on September 10, 2016 in Human Rights, PhotoNama, Women Empowerment

By Lipi Mehta:

This is Reshma Qureshi, a 19-year-old who works at the NGO ‘Make Love Not Scars’, that works with acid attack survivors in India.

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On May 19, 2014, Reshma’s brother in-law and his friends attacked her with acid. She lost an eye as a result and since then, she has been campaigning against the sale of acid and speaking up for justice for acid attack survivors.

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On September 9, 2016, Reshma walked the ramp for designer Archana Kochhar on the opening day of New York Fashion Week. This was a defining moment – to strengthen the global conversation against acid attacks and smash stereotypical notions of ‘beauty’.

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Mail Today, ‘Delhi’s only tabloid newspaper’ chose to write about Reshma at NY Fashion Week with this headline.

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At first glance, one might even miss the glaring problem with this, as we are used to the media telling us about celebrities ‘scorching’ the ramp all the time.

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But here’s the thing. Perhaps Mail Today forgot what ‘scorches’ really means.

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And to put things in even more context now…

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Was this a wordplay attempt (in which case, WTF) or was this just sheer carelessness? Either way, it trivialises the horror that acid attack survivors go through in a big way. Hope Mail Today realises why this is so not okay.

As for us, we need to join Reshma’s fight against acid attacks – in thousands!

How 18-Year-Old Reshma, An Acid Attack Survivor Is Challenging The Idea of ‘Beauty’

Reshma Quereshi, a young student of a local municipality school in Mumbai, was allegedly attacked by her brother-in-law on 19th May 2014 when she went to visit her sister in Allahabad. A frightening tactic used to intimidate or ‘punish’ a girl who may have stood up against unwarranted advances by a man, an acid attack involves tossing a bottle full of highly corrosive acid on her face.

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