"I Am Not A Victim," Says Acid-Attack Survivor In A Heart Touching Story

Her father was pouring acid on her mother and it poured on her too.

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An American educational reformer Horace Mann had once said, "Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves."

Sadly, that's the state for a huge percentage of the population of India. We are a country where most people measure one's patriotism based on whether the person stands when the national anthem is played and tends to forget that helping each other in times would be a bigger service to the country. Many of us believe in joining candle march protesting a rape but don't bother to offer help to an elderly woman who gets raped in broad daylight. Heck, we actually go on to film and share the whole of it (if you know about the real incident).

Similar was the case of Shabbo, a Mumbai resident, who had some acid poured on her face that her father was pouring on her mother. The little girl then grew up in an orphanage in Mumbai and recently shared her life's story with Humans Of Bombay. Read on!

Growing up...

Growing up...

"When I was 2 years old, my father stormed into the house, where I was sitting on my mother's lap and poured acid on her - half of which fell on me. I know this story from Doctor Gore, who treated me for the next few years because I don't remember any of it - not even the pain. I just know that I lost my mother to that attack, and when my relatives heard of my condition - they disowned me. My father fled the city, and I grew up in an orphanage."

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Her father fled the city soon after. 

Her father fled the city soon after. 
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"My father fled the city, and I grew up in an orphanage.

Honestly, from my doctors to those at my orphanage - I've been pampered a lot. They showed me incessant, unconditional love for which I'm so thankful…my childhood really wasn't as bad as it would seem."

And then she met the other world. 

And then she met the other world. 
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"Where I did struggle a little was when I stepped into the real world for college. Initially, I didn't make any friends - I used to eat lunch alone, sit on the last bench and try my best to be invisible. I was so conscious of my scars that I felt like everyone was staring at me."

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But it was all in her mind. 

But it was all in her mind. 
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"Turns out, it was all in my mind because I ended up making a lot of friends who I've had some of my happiest memories with. I remember this really funny incident when we were at a sleepover. I fell asleep but since the attack, my eyelids don't shut – something my friends didn't know. They kept talking to me for a long time only to realise I had been sleeping the whole time!"

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She remembers...

She remembers...
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"We've made so many jokes about that - imagine how easy it was for me to sleep in my lectures - almost feels like I have a superpower!

Often my friends ask me if I hate my father and if I'm vengeful - and my answer is always 'no'. 

Honestly, I've forgiven him. He must have been in a dark place himself to even think of committing such a crime…but me holding on to it is like feeding that darkness - I've let it go completely."

Her relationship with hatred. 

Her relationship with hatred. 
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"I have no room in my life for hate - my entire focus is on finding a job. I was fired from my last job because of my appearance and because I took regular leaves for my check ups. Since then, I'm looked after by the Sahaas foundation but I'm hopeful that I'll have another job soon!"

Her only complain in life. 

Her only complain in life. 
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"Looking back, the only thing I hate about the entire incident is that people still refer to me as an 'acid attack victim' - I'm not a victim! I'm as normal as anybody else."

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Her words of inspiration. 

Her words of inspiration. 
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"I've embraced my scars and I'm really excited for the rest of my life to unfold. I have ambition, dreams and life goals…I want to make my mark in the world, not because of this acid attack …but everything I am, inspite of it."