19-year-old acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi recently made international headlines by walking the ramp at the New York Fashion Week. In an exclusive chat with NDTV’s Barkha Dutt, Ms Qureshi tells what the word beauty means to her and how life isn’t over after an acid attack.
“Waking the ramp was a great moment for me and I am truly delighted that I got this opportunity,” says Reshma Qureshi who was attacked by acid two years ago by her estranged brother-in-law and two men.
Defining beauty, Ms Qureshi, who hails from Allahabad says, “Face is not everything. The person should be brave and good from within, that’s beauty for me.”
Ms Qureshi suffered several facial burns and lost an eye after she was attacked with sulphuric acid at the age of 17. She says, “When I was attacked, I thought my life has ended. For 5-6 months I did not talk to anyone. I used to think that everything has finished.”
Ms Qureshi credits the group ‘Make Love Not Scars’ for helping her out during those tough times. “When I became part of the group I got a lot of support, encouragement and confidence to get back up,” she says.
Ms Qureshi’s message to acid attack survivors is, “We weren’t wrong, we were wronged. So don’t think that life has ended, it still can be beautiful.”