15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Sweety was just a little girl when, on one night 12 years ago, her husband decided to rob her beauty.
From the very first moment I set foot in her home she never stopped smiling to me.
She is so lovely and radiates happiness that no other name could be so appropriate for her.
“I got married at the age of 12. A child marriage arranged by my family who thought it was the right choice for me. But my life had just begun to become a nightmare. His parents were always thirsty for money and my husband often beat me if my family did not pay enough. The problem arose when all my parent’s savings ran out. For over a year I was beaten and raped. Until the last warning, where his whole family took the decision to rise up using the acid”. Sweety is just one of the many heroes that demand justice by removing the veil and speaking out. Proudly showing her face.
They are the real symbol of a cruel fate that is changing.
Souls that found the courage to reclaim their lives, defeated violence, victimization, depression and despair with the courage to step into new roles as models for others.
Their strength and resilience are a source of inspiration for all the victims of all forms of violence, showing that anything is possible when you face something with the courage from within.
Their determination and fortitude are extraordinary examples of how every challenge can be converted into opportunity.
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||Nov. 12, 2017, 10:13 a.m.