Sonali Mukherjee: Acid attack victim scarred for life becomes a millionaire on India’s most-watched quiz show


“What an amazing story”

The brave victim of an horrific acid attack as a teenager has won the jackpot on India’s most popular TV quiz show.

Sonali Mukherjee was left completely disfigured by the attack which happened when she was just 17-years-old and her family have since spent all their money funding her treatment.

But the 27-year-old, from New Delhi, will be able to pay for another round of plastic surgery after scooping the top prize on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Filiming: acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee pictured on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with former Miss Universe Lara Dutta and host Amitabh Bachchan, known as Big B in India

Filiming: acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee pictured on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with former Miss Universe Lara Dutta and host Amitabh Bachchan, known as Big B in India. The acid attack victim won the show’s top prize which will fund the next stage of her treatment

Sonali, who was attacked by a spurned suitor and his friends, won Rs 25 lakhs – the equivalent of almost £30,000 – as she appeared on show with Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta.

The show’s host Amitabh Bachchan, known as Big B in India, praised Sonali’s bravery in appearing on the show.

ACID ATTACKS ON THE RISE IN INDIA

Increase: Acid attacks against women such as Sonali Mukherjee are said to be on the rise in India

Increase: Acid attacks against women such as Sonali Mukherjee are said to be on the rise in India

India is the fourth most dangerous place for women to live according to a survey from the Thomas Reuters Foundation, with acid attacks reportedly on the rise.

There are no official figures for acid attacks in the country, though much attention has been given to the issue in the press.

A lobby group in Karnataka, Campaign and Struggle Against Acid Attacks, claims that there have been around 70 attacks in that state alone in the last decade.

Suck attacks are most commonly an act of revenge on women who refuse an offer of marriage from a man or who ask for a divorce with National Geographic claiming that such attacks are used in modern India to enforce the Caste system.

Indian acid attack survivor Shirin Junaley set up the Plash Foundation to offer support to fellow sufferers of acid attacks.

Previously, women have received no state support following such attacks and the police are said to have been notoriously slow to punish the perpetrators.

But the Indian Government is currently considering financial aid for victims of rape and acid attacks.

The funding is to be used for medical aid, rehabilitation and counselling.


 

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