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There Are Beauty Salons In Pakistan For Women Who Have Suffered Acid Attacks

They were set up by Pakistani entrepreneur Mussarat Misbah.

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In the centre of this picture is Musarrat Misbah, the founder of the Depilex Smile Again Foundation.

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She set the Foundation up after an encounter with a disfigured acid attack victim in 2003.

She told Barcroft Media:

As I was about to leave my office, a young girl walked in and she was wearing a veil and she asked me to help her and I thought maybe she's one of those girls who's asking for financial help and support. I asked her to come the next day as I was going home and then she removed her veil and that was the day which changed my life.


Misbah told Barcroft:

On average they need to go through 25 surgeries to make them look better and then I also realised that giving them surgeries is not helping their misery, is not helping their pain because they are left to rot in their houses like vegetables.


Anisha told Barcroft Media: "After this tragedy of getting burnt, I had a feeling that I am not the same person anymore. I stopped venturing out of my house."

Anisha Zoya, an acid attack victim who works at the salon, poses for a photograph on November 26, 2014, in Lahore, Pakistan. (left, before the attack).

Bushra added: "After coming here, Mussarat Misbah helped me a lot. First she made me undergo surgeries for my face and then I did a course to become a beautician."

Bushra Shafi, an acid attack victim poses for a picture at the salon on November 26, 2014, in Lahore, Pakistan (right, seen on her wedding day before the attack).


"She taught me how to face the world. She made me believe that I have the ability to cope with anything and anyone."

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Owner Musarat Misbah discusses work with acid attack victim Bushra Shafi, at her salon for the acid attack victims on November 26, 2014, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Misbah told Barcroft Media: "Making laws will never curb a crime, it will never stop a crime, it’s only the implementation which is important and how do we do that?"

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Acid attack victims take part in a candle light vigil in New Delhi, India.

"The government has to take stern actions against these perpetrators.
 Sometimes it seems the incidents are on a decrease then all of a sudden you will see in one month there are five girls been attacked with acid."

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Acid attack victims take part in a candle light vigil to mark second anniversary of Nirbhaya gang rape on December 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India.

"So I think there is much more than what is being reported. To me, these girls are our heroes. You must salute them."

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