Indian acid attack survivors sparkle at fashion show to spotlight equality

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Acid attack survivors pose during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, March 7, 2018. (Reuters)
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Acid attack survivors walk on the runway during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, March 7, 2018. (Reuters)
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Indian acid attack survivors walk during a fashion show as part of a campaign to spread the message 'Stop Acid Sale', in Thane on March 7, 2018, ahead of International Women's Day.(AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Indian acid attack survivors sparkle at fashion show to spotlight equality

MUMBAI: Sparkling in shades of green, pink and peach, Indian women survivors of acid attacks walked the ramp at a fashion show to boost awareness about violence against women.
Scarred faces held high, 11 members of a non-profit group showcased colorful Indian and Western garments, spoke about confidence and posed for photographs on Wednesday, a day ahead of International Women’s Day.
Laxmi, attacked in 2005 at the age of 15 by a 32-year-old man whose marriage proposal she rejected, was the showstopper of the event, held near India’s financial capital of Mumbai.
“I swept aside notions about the face, which society spoke of, and moved forward in life,” said Laxmi, whose plea against acid attacks prompted India’s Supreme Court to order regulations on the sale of acid in 2013.
“We don’t want respect, we want equality.”
More than two-thirds of the 1,500 acid attacks worldwide each year are estimated to take place in India, many by enraged family members or jilted partners.
Few victims report the attacks, for fear of reprisals by abusers, even though the resulting disfigurement often brings isolation and rejection.
“What others think about us does not have relevance, what we think about ourselves is only what matters,” said one participant, Deepmala Tiwary, an attack survivor and member of the nonprofit Acid Survivors and Women Welfare Foundation.


The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

The second annual El Gouna Film Festival. (AFP)
Updated 24 September 2018
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The Six: Fashion highlights from the El Gouna Film Festival

  • Stars took to the red carpet in beautiful looks
  • Read on for a round up of our six favorite looks from the glamorous event

DUBAI: Stars from across the world have been posing for the cameras on the red carpet at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. Here, we round up our six favorite looks from the glamorous event.


Elisa Sednaoui

The Egyptian Italian model and actress dressed in a custom-made Arwa Al-Banawi teal velvet dress on the red carpet for the premier of “Weldi” at the festival.


Patrick Dempsey

American actor Patrick Dempsey wore a dapper tux as he arrived for the screening of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” at the festival.


Arwa Gouda

The Egyptian actress posed on the red carpet at the premiere of Egyptian film “Yomeddine” in a gold-and-black Miriam Nazmy Design dress.


Saba Mubarak

The Jordanian actress walked the red carpet in a fitted Zeina Nabulsi dress. With a sweetheart neckline and intricate detailing, it was definitely an eye-catcher.


Dorra Zarrouk

The Tunisian actress posed on the red carpet in a bright emerald green dress from unmatchedonline for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival.


Shahira Fahmy

The Egyptian actress looked gorgeous in an Elie Saab suit for the premiere of “Yomeddine” at the festival. With natural curls and minimal make-up, the suit spoke for itself.