Acid-attack victims in Bangladesh strut the catwalk at fashion show – Southeast Missourian

A Bangladeshi acid assault survivor will get her make up utilized March 7 throughout the occasion "Magnificence Redefined" in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organizers stated they hoped to spotlight the truth acid victims, too typically neglected, are a significant a part of society. They intentionally selected to carry the occasion on the eve of Worldwide Ladies's Day.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Teen mannequin Shonali Khatun strutted the catwalk as the viewers cheered and clapped for a fashion show held in the capital of Bangladesh.

However Khatun is not any atypical mannequin, and this was no atypical show.

She and the 14 different fashions are survivors of acid assaults, widespread in this South Asian nation the place spurned lovers or disgruntled members of the family will resort to hurling pores and skin-burning acid at their victims.

The weird fashion show held the night of March 7 in Dhaka, and attended by fashion lovers in addition to diplomats together with the U.S. envoy, aimed to redefine the notion of magnificence whereas calling consideration to the menace of such assaults.

For 14-year-outdated Khatun, the occasion was nothing in need of empowering.

A Bangladeshi acid-assault survivor walks down the catwalk throughout the occasion "Magnificence Redefined" in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Khatun was attacked simply days after she was born amid a property dispute involving her mother and father and was left with burn scars on her face and arms.

She spent almost three years in a hospital and underwent eight operations.

Her attacker by no means has been caught.

"I'm so blissful to be right here. Sooner or later I need to be a doctor," she stated.

The fashions, together with three males, walked the catwalk, dancing and singing and showcasing woven handloom Bangladeshi designs by native designer Bibi Russel.

On this March 7, 2017 photograph, a Bangladeshi acid assault survivor will get her make up utilized throughout the occasion Magnificence Redefined in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh has struggled to cope with acid assaults in current many years, instituting harsh punishments for perpetrators together with the dying sentence. The nation has additionally skilled docs to deal with such delicate instances and tried to manage the sale of acid, however has didn't get rid of the scourge solely.(AP Picture/A. M. Ahad)

Organizers stated they hoped to spotlight the truth acid victims, too typically neglected, are a significant a part of society.

They intentionally selected to carry the occasion on the eve of Worldwide Ladies's Day.

"We're right here right now to show their internal, their internal energy, as they've come a good distance," stated Farah Kabir, nation director of the ActionAid Bangladesh that organized the show to unfold consciousness about the violence. "I typically take inspiration from them. Their braveness is big."

Bangladesh has struggled to cope with acid assaults in current many years, instituting harsh punishments for perpetrators together with the dying sentence.

The nation additionally has skilled docs to deal with such delicate instances and tried to manage the sale of acid however has didn't get rid of the scourge solely.

On this March 7, 2017 photograph, a Bangladeshi acid assault survivor will get her make up utilized throughout the occasion Magnificence Redefined in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organizers stated they hoped to spotlight the incontrovertible fact that acid victims, too typically neglected, are a significant a part of society. They intentionally selected to carry the occasion on the eve of Worldwide Women’s Day. (AP Picture/A. M. Ahad)

In 2016, some 44 folks have been attacked with acid in Bangladesh -- an annual quantity that has remained comparatively secure.

"I'm ashamed of getting such issues in the nation," Kabir stated. "Sadly in Bangladesh, we do have acid victims due to both gender discrimination or violence or due to greed. And we need to remind everybody the form of injustice that has been meted out to them."

The fashion designer whose work was showcased in the occasion stated she was blissful to take part, hoping the show would redefine magnificence and immediate folks to see acid victims for his or her energy.

"I've seen the sparkle, the magnificence. I needed to show you that. Give them an opportunity, please," Russel stated. "We must always respect equal rights, human dignity -- that's all."

Kabir stated all of society wanted to get entangled in preventing such violence in opposition to ladies.

"We have to act. We have to take measures. And we have to safe our women, our ladies," she stated. "We can not settle for such heinous crimes."

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