Khushboo Devi

Khushboo Devi

Indian acid attack victim
Country: India

  1. A History of Abuse and Courage to Speak Out
  2. The Horrific Acid Attack
  3. A Long Road to Recovery and Seeking Justice

Acid Attack Survivor Khushboo Devi Overcomes Challenges and Seeks Justice

Khushboo Devi

Khushboo Devi, a 21-year-old Indian victim of an acid attack, has endured a harrowing journey of pain and recovery. In April 2017, her own father, Manik Chandra, poured acid on her face after she reported his involvement in human trafficking to the police. Despite facing initial resistance from doctors, Khushboo finally received treatment at a medical research center in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. She underwent two painful procedures to remove the horrific scars on her face. Although she still experiences vision problems and cannot use her right hand, Khushboo remains determined to restore her life through surgical interventions.

Khushboo Devi

A History of Abuse and Courage to Speak Out

Khushboo recounts a painful history of her father's involvement in sex trafficking and abuse. Her father would marry young girls and then sell them to different individuals, while also subjecting her mother to physical violence. Despite her mother's repeated attempts to seek help from the police, her complaints were never taken seriously.

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Khushboo shares, "My father tried to sell me as well. Luckily, I managed to escape. But he crossed all boundaries when he sold my 16-year-old sister to a 30-year-old man. That's when I decided to go to the police. I had to help my family."

Khushboo Devi

When Manik learned about his daughter's visit to the police, he began to threaten her. However, Khushboo refused to back down and stood firm in her resolve to seek justice.

The Horrific Acid Attack

Early in the morning on April 30, 2017, Khushboo was sleeping with her husband and their three-year-old daughter when Manik knocked on the door and called her name. As she opened the door, her father threw acid on her, causing excruciating pain and leaving her body trembling in shock.

"I can't even describe how painful it was. I just remember screaming and falling to the ground. My husband rushed to help me and also got injured in the process," Khushboo recalls.

Her husband, Vinod Kumar, a plumber earning around ₹10,000 (£100) per month, has been her unwavering support throughout her journey of recovery. Vinod actively seeks the best medical treatment for Khushboo, paying for it out of his own pocket.

"My husband is my rock," Khushboo asserts. "He has been with me through thick and thin. I can't imagine my life without him. Vinod found the doctor who is currently treating me. He hasn't returned to work yet because he spends all his time taking care of me and our daughter. I worry about the financial burden, but he insists on providing me with the best treatment."

A Long Road to Recovery and Seeking Justice

Despite the physical and emotional challenges she faces, Khushboo remains determined to seek justice for herself and her family. Manik Chandra is currently in prison, but Khushboo fears that he may be released on bail in the near future.

"I just know that this time he will kill me," Khushboo expresses her fears. "I sent him to prison and exposed all his crimes. My father is a cruel man, and I am afraid of what he is capable of."

In the midst of her pain and struggle, Khushboo yearns for a sense of happiness and normalcy that has been shattered by her father's actions. She laments, "I used to be beautiful. People always told me that I was pretty. But now they look at me as if I am some kind of monster. They look at me with disgust, partly because I am Manik Chandra's daughter."

While Khushboo continues to endure physical and emotional scars, she remains hopeful that justice will prevail and that she can rebuild her life. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can shed light on the prevalence of acid attacks and inspire others to stand up against such heinous crimes.