Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - Lifestyle -

Mamta’s hus­band threw acid on her while she was sleep­ing. “My own hus­band did this to me... what could be worse?,” she says. The man wanted a ve­hi­cle as dowry and when he didn’t get one, he de­cided to ruin Mamta’s life within sec­onds by dous­ing her with acid while she was sleep­ing. “He would sex­u­ally as­sault me at night, beat me for hours, deny me food and sleep and tor­ture me,” she re­calls. Her hus­band also took away her son, and she craves to see him once. De­spite liv­ing such hell, Mamta didn’t break down. She works with the NGO, Make Love Not Scars and she has de­voted her life to the cause of acid at­tack sur­vivors. “There’s so much pain... phys­i­cal and emo­tional. It’s very tough to start life from scratch. I sit with sur­vivors and make them re­alise that life is not over. When you don’t sur­ren­der, we feel very proud of your­self, and that gives you the power to carry on,” she says.

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