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India’s Acid Attack Survivors | Close Up

Published on: 20 November, 2020

The cafe, run by Chhanv Foundation, employs acid attack survivors, and first opened its doors to the public in 2014 in Agra. Anshu Rajput was 15 when she was attacked in her sleep by a 55-year-old man who had been sexually harassing her. She traveled to Agra in 2015 to join Sheroes cafe, sharing a home with Ritu and Dolly. “When I’m spending time with the girls, I feel great. But when I’m alone I feel the pain. I think that if I wasn’t attacked, I wouldn’t be staying with strangers. But now I think they’re slowly becoming my family,” Anshu said. Five years later, she feels very much part of the Sheroes family and their support network of fellow survivors.