Shirin before the attack..youthful hopeful zestful
Shirin Juwale an innocent young bride who was the victim of a criminal act of the highest order, when her husband threw acid on her face , perhaps with the intention to disfigure her forever. Well he did succeed in disfiguring her face, to some extent but failed to make any lasting impact on her indomitable spirit.
Shirin today 16 surgeries later ..confident and whole.
Acid attacks need not always be from a bottle. The tongue suffices magnificently, as is evident when you further read the story of her struggle. The principal of a college, the name of which has been with held by Shirin, out of an act of kindness ( misplaced, I would think) on a request from her to speak to the students of her NGO Palash was met with ““We only want heroes to come here. Not survivors. It does not take courage to survive,” she was told”
Not with the intention of diverting from her heroic story, I do however wish to incriminate this Principal as a nitwitted, close minded, mean person who has the misfortune of being in a non compassionate consciousness that is so pitiful. In fact she is more deserved of the sympathy that is reserved for the handicapped.. a broken, unwholesome soul. I am intentionally using this harsh tone to underline the fact that such inhuman behaviour should be the recipient of a universal denouncement.
I shudder to think what may have been the fate of Shirin had she been a student of this college! Would she then have been rusticated, unceremoniously shown the door or compelled to leave the premises? It is also highly questionable what must be the caliber of the students who pass out from under an educationist who seems to have her fundamentals so wrong and regressive that it will amount to setting back our country and the thought process of our women by a century!
Shirin deserves our support for being who she is. The Divine conducts strange tests on us. In most cases it brings to light qualities that were dormant and which perhaps may have remained so, had the circumstance to evolve not arisen. Shrin perhaps needed to learn that life is battle that needs to be fought and further that she is well equipped to handle any adversity that comes her way with courage and determination that is the halmark of an unusual soul.
Some find Aishwarya beautiful some like me find Shirin even more so. What shines through her face is her smile that speaks a thousand volumes, not plastic or artificial but as if arising from the depths within.
It is important that we train our children to recognise a fiery spirit when we see one. Not just to recognise it but also to commend, support and encourage it to find its highest potential. After all beauty is only skin deep and so transient. Be lit from within and thus light up forever.