An acid attack survivor found her happily ever this week in India, five years after her face was severely disfigured by her cousin.
Lalita Ben Bansi married Ravi Shankar at the Thane registration office near Mumbai on May 23. The couple met when she accidentally dialed the wrong number, and the bride credits her new hubby for helping her believe in love again.
“I didn’t know a wrong number would set everything right in my life,” Bansi said, according to British newspaper Metro. “I am feeling very happy. I had never thought that I would ever get married. He has a big heart and a beautiful mind.”
In 2012, the 26-year-old underwent 17 surgeries after her cousin threw acid on her following a minor argument. But that didn’t stop Shankar from falling head over heels.
“I had to only convince my mother to accept my choice. I had to make Lalita believe that she too had the right to a better life,” he said. “Her heart is pure and that is what matters the most.”
Unfortunately, acid attacks overseas, particularly in India, are a common occurrence. The Acid Survivors Foundation India says this form of violence stems from the country’s history of “privileged patriarchal control over women.”
But it doesn’t just happen in Asia. Life & Style recently reported on the story of a woman from Italy, whose ex-boyfriend allegedly emptied a bottle of acid on her face following their breakup.
While showing her injuries for the first time, Gessica Notaro recalled, “While the acid ate away at my face I was on my knees praying. I prayed to God: take away my beauty but at least leave me with my sight.” She now spends all of her money on medication.
All we can hope for is that the cruel individuals who carried out these attacks are brought to justice.