Gulnaaz how old are you? Can you tell me about the incident?
I’m nineteen years old. I was returning from college one day and a boy threw acid on my face.
Why would someone randomly do that? Did you know the guy?
Yes, I knew the boy. He had sent a marriage proposal to me which I turned down and even my parents refused to this union. He was furious and that’s why he threw acid on my face. He said,” Meri nahin to kissi ki nahin.”
When did this happen and did you file a case against the offender?
It happened on the 29th of November 2014. The judgement is still pending.
Who supported you through these trying times?
My parents stood by me. Both my Mother and Father do a lot for me. Other than my family, an outsider who has been supporting me, for the past five months is- Megha Ma’am, Megha Mishra. She has been helping me with my treatment and my medication. She’s associated with ACFI. Even Shaheen Ma’am from Make Love Not Scars has been supporting me.
When something life altering happens, we lose many things but we find the strength to survive it. Did you find yourself becoming a stronger human being?
Yes! When the incident took place I went crazy, completely mad. I couldn’t believe that such a thing could happen to me. But when I saw what it was doing to my Mother, I pulled myself up. I told her and myself, that everything will be fine! I had to be strong for her. I’m the eldest and and I have two sisters and a brother who are younger than me. I had to be strong for them and because of my family I became a stronger person.