Mohammed Shamshaad, who married an acid attack survivor Shabina, saying “ beauty is not everything and it doesn’t matter if her face is burned as i know she has real beautiful heart so its not necessary to have flawless skin outside. Even my face can go through the same someday, so hw does it really matter” .
Sabina is from Chamanganj in Kanpur where she lived with her father and helped him put labels on vests in his workshop. She was beautiful young girl and her marriage was arranged with a man named Waseem. But then her life turned upside down 12 years back.
The wedding date was fixed close to Mid celebrations but Waseem didn’t wanted to wait that long so asked Shabina to go with her secretly and get married but Shabina denied saying she didn’t wanted to go against her parents and wanted him to wait for the time to come.
Waseem couldn’t handle denial from Shabina and threw acid on her face while she was slept in her house. Later her parents took her to the nearest hospitals where at the same time many neighbours suggested not to go to the hospital as that would create trouble for them by getting in a police case.
Pushpa Tiwari, a counsellor at Sakhi Kendra which is an NGO in Kanpur came forward to help Shabina while she was going through the pain of that acid attack mentally and emotionally.
The police was reluctant to file a FIR and take any action, but after 3 days of protest by Sakhi Kendra, FIR was registered and Waseem was arrested in next 15 days.
For Shabina’s treatment her father sold everything he owned and also Neelam Chaturvedi, the founder of Sakhi Kendra raised funds. After eight surgeries, Shabina’s eyes, eyebrows and lips were reconstructed again.
Shabina was always scared for the security of her family as the family of the accused always threatened them so later Shabina and her family moved to Dhaknapur.
In Dhaknapur Shabina met Shamshaad who was already married and had 2 kids, but Shamshaad was alone as his wife left him and went with her lover. So Shabina use to take care of that kids which made Shamshaad come with an idea of marrying her as she is wonderful person by heart.
Shabina had a proposal of marriage from Shamshaad and she informed Neelam Chaturvedi, founder of Sakhi Kendra. Later Neelam spoke to Shamshaad asking if he just wanted to marry Shabina because of pity. Shamshaad assured that he wanted to marry Shabina not for pity but a beautiful heart she shad.
Later Shamshaad and Shabina got married and finally she got her justice.