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Woman who's face was changed when she was 2months old, cries out.

An Indian woman who was two months old when her father doused her in acid now runs her own survivor foundation and forges a career as a fashionista.

Anmol Rodrigous was left with a melted face and neck in the horrifying attack, which also killed her mother who was breast-feeding her at the time.

Despite her horrifying injuries, Anmol, now 23, proudly lives by herself in Mumbai in western India. She has not only overcome the physical and emotional pain, she has also become an inspiration to many women like her.

She was barely two months old, curled up in her mother's lap and suckling on her breasts, when her father poured a can of acid on them, disfiguring her tiny face and blinding her in left eye. 

Indian woman Anmol Rodrigous, who was two months old when her father doused her in acid, now runs her own survivor foundation and forges a career as a fashionista

Indian woman Anmol Rodrigous, who was two months old when her father doused her in acid, now runs her own survivor foundation and forges a career as a fashionista

Anmol Rodrigous was left with a melted face and neck in the horrifying attack, which also killed her mother who was breast-feeding her at the time

The motive of the assault was to get rid of both the child and the mother for giving birth to a 'girl'. 

Anmol, which means priceless in Hindi, now unabashedly claims to be the happiest girl in the world and has developed into a fashionista, a trained salsa dancer and a creative brain for an online youth channel.

She is also an inspiration for acid attack survivors and runs an NGO Acid Survivor Sahas Foundation, through which she has helped 20 such women into employment and organised a lavish wedding for a friend.

Anmol says: 'I love my life as it is. Not even once have I felt that I am different. This could also be because I only remember seeing myself with one eye and wrinkled, burnt skin.

'I have very happily accepted myself and this has given me hopes and confidence to keep moving in life.'

Anmol has an ultra positive attitude and demeanour which attracts whoever she meets. She has nearly 25,000 followers on Instagram where she keeps posting her latest dance moves or photoshoots. 

Anmol, which means priceless in Hindi, now unabashedly claims to be the happiest girl in the world and has developed into a fashionista, a trained salsa dancer and a creative brain for an online youth channel

Anmol was left to die by her father Ashraf after the attack but neighbours had rushed her and her mother to hospital. While her mother Annu succumbed to injuries, Anmol was under care of doctors and nurses for five long years.

Once her wounds healed to a certain degree, she was handed over to Shree Manav Seva Sangh, an orphanage where she was raised up among other children and given education.

She said: 'My whole life was spent at an orphanage in Mumbai.

'I am told that I was only two months old when my father had attacked my mother and myself with acid.

'While my mother died due to the burns, I underwent treatment for five long years at the hospital. The doctors and nurses were taking care of the expenses and medicines.

'As I improved a little the doctors handed me over to Shree Manav Seva Sangh where I was raised up with love and affection.

But Anmol confesses that growing up with a burnt face was not easy as was constantly reminded of the terrible attack.

She relayed: 'I was too young and never understood why I looked different from others at the hospital but when I came in the orphanage I realised children were different than me.

Anmol was left to die by her father Ashraf after the attack but neighbours had rushed her and her mother to hospital. While her mother Annu succumbed to injuries, Anmol was under care of doctors and nurses for five long years

Anmol was left to die by her father Ashraf after the attack but neighbours had rushed her and her mother to hospital. While her mother Annu succumbed to injuries, Anmol was under care of doctors and nurses for five long years

'While no one hated me, initially they were scared of my face but gradually, as we grew older, I made many friends. But outside orphanage it was always difficult.

'In college I excelled in studies but had no friend. I was a loner who would eat lunch alone and have no one talk to.

'Girls would find it strange that I loved fashion and always wore trendy clothes. Some would keep staring at me while others would be curious to know what happened to my face.

'I wish my mother was alive. Not that I am not thankful for the orphanage for shaping up my life, I miss mother's love. I would have a friend in her who would love me unconditionally.'

After she finished her college two years ago, Anmol moved out of the orphanage and has since been living on her alone.

She makes £117 a month from giving her ideas to make creative sets for the shows and spends money on her stylish dresses and saves a little for her NGO.

Anmol gets in touch with women leaders and politicians to arrange work opportunities for girls like her.

She says: 'I have always loved fashion. I am quite trendy and love to dress up.

Anmol confesses that growing up with a burnt face was not easy as was constantly reminded of the terrible attack

After she finished her college two years ago, Anmol moved out of the orphanage and has since been living on her alone

After she finished her college two years ago, Anmol moved out of the orphanage and has since been living on her alone

'People see me and are surprised by my attitude but I want to tell the world that acid attack survivors have the zeal to live. We do not need pity. We need support.

'This is also why I have started my own NGO. My aim is to counsel the girls, get their confidence back and rehabilitate.

'My case is different. I have always seen myself like this so it really doesn't matter to me but for those girls who are attacked at a young age, the torment is beyond words.

'I counsel them that their lives are not over. Another factor is that because they are attacked while in school, they have to quit studies midway. But I was lucky enough to complete my studies.

'I now try to educate them, provide them with a means to hone up their skills so they can get a job to earn a living.'

The young girl says she loves to dress up and wishes to become a model. She has already been offered model assignments by two designers to promote their jewelries in Instagram.

She said: 'I want to become the first commercial acid attack survivor model who can not just promote fashion but also spread awareness that acid does not end life.

'This is really exciting and I am soon going to get the opportunity what I have been longing for.

'I hope my stint will inspire women like me to not cover their face in a veil, instead walk confidently with their face.

'Acid can only change our face but not ruin our soul. We are same inside out and we should accept ourselves who we are and live our lives happily.' 

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