It was a photo shoot that caught India’s attention.

Five courageous survivors of acid attacks posed for portraits.

In a country where victims of such attacks do not dare to come out of hiding, or show their disfigured faces in public, this was a “ground breaking” photo shoot, participants said. “After the acid attack I never took photos,” Rupa, one of the models and a survivor said.

“When the photos got circulated in the media, people started calling to inquire about me, I felt so good. After the photo shoot I want to go out meet more people.”

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