A Pakistani entrepreneur has opened a beauty salon to help rehabilitate the female survivors of acid attacks who are ‘usually left to rot in their houses like vegetables’.
Mussarat Misbah founded the Depilex Smile Again Foundation in Lahore, Pakistan, to help victims become self-reliant members of the community following their horrific ordeal.
The foundation’s aim is to provide the women with medical and psychological care and help them gain confidence and employment.
Support: Founder Mussarat Misbah, left, has helped around 600 women rebuild their lives so far
Proactive: Misbah, pictured centre in pink, said she knew she had to do something to help the women who are ‘usually left to rot in their houses like vegetables’
Work opportunities can be few and far between for survivors who are often ‘treated like modern day lepers’.
Over the last decade, Misbah has helped around 600 women, with most electing to be trained as beauticians as they feel safe in the female-only world.
Others have been given the support they need to start their own businesses.
Misbah said she knew she had to do something to help the young women who are disfigured in attacks often linked to family disputes, sexism or misogyny.
Source : Dailymail