In South Asia, women and children particularly little girls face a singularly brutal threat, one that is chillingly common: acid attacks. Women have nitric or sulfuric acid thrown onto their faces for some perceived transgression, rendering them permanently disfigured, causing extreme physical and mental health damage, and sometimes even killing them.


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If this shocks you, it should. But luckily, there are people in the world who won’t stand for heinous abuse, like this amazing group of bikers. And in Agra, India, female victims of these crimes, many of whom suffered them at the hands of family members or spouses are taking a stand.

They have founded a cafe called Sheroes’ Hangout, where women and girls who have been affected by these terrible crimes can gather, learn, and receive support. They’re also spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ritu Saini, Chanchal Kumari, Neetu Mahor, Gita Mahor, and Rupa at the café (Image credits: Sheroes’ Hangout).

In India and other parts of South Asia, acid attacks are not uncommon, particularly against women

They result in disfigurement and permanent damage, and can be fatal.

Sheroes’ Hangout was started by and for survivors of these terrifying attacks, and serves as a place where these women can find strength and support

Located in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, it’s became quite popular

The cafe serves food and beverages, but also serves as an information hub with a library, a community radio, an activism workshop, and an exhibition space where the women can display their artwork

It also hosts music and events, where people can learn about community issues and how they can help

To raise awareness, some of the survivors shared the harrowing stories of their attacks and the incredible ones of their survival

Today, people come from all over the world to visit Sheroes’ Hangout and lend their support to the women