This teenager was attacked in her home by three men who tried to rape her. She defended herself, but then they threw something on her. Ten years later, this is what she looks like. This teenager was attacked in her home by three men who tried to rape her. She defended herself, but then they threw something on her. Ten years later, this is what she looks like.
Warning: Images may be found to be disturbing to some readers. Her name was Sonali Mukheriee. A lively and lovely 17-year-old Indian student. She... This teenager was attacked in her home by three men who tried to rape her. She defended herself, but then they threw something on her. Ten years later, this is what she looks like.

Warning: Images may be found to be disturbing to some readers.

Her name was Sonali Mukheriee. A lively and lovely 17-year-old Indian student. She was president of her university’s student union, and also captain of the National Cadet Corps, which is a national army corps for students. Meanwhile she was pursuing a PhD in sociology. Indeed, the future looked very bright for Sonali.

Sadly, and suddenly, her future was crushed in a shocking few minutes of horror.

It would happen one night while home alone. Three men broke in. These men were the same who she had fended off everyday when they made sexual advances towards her while she went to school. She now was fighting back physically. Suddenly a burning sensation was felt, as if she was on fire. Then she couldn’t see. She then went unconscious, the pain being so incredibly intense.

She would wake up in the hospital, unable to talk or eat. She had been attacked with acid.


Doctors didn’t even know what to do as skin on her face was burned off, ears were gone and eyelids gone as well. Here’s what the doctor said about the challenge in front of them:

“The challenge was to give her kind of a normal face, close to what a normal human being would look like.”

She was in total pain for months. A nightmare that there seemed to be no waking up from.

It would be 10 years and 27 facial reconstruction surgeries. Her father sold everything to try to get his daughter back to some kind of normal. He even sold the family house. The money also went towards getting the attackers to court.

While they did go to court and were punished, the sentence was amazingly, only 9 years. And to add insult to injury, these men ended up being released after only 2 years. The decision was appealed, but no court date has been set.

Eventually, Sonali went ahead and petitioned the government to just allow her to die. Somehow, her spirit surfaced and rose strong as she felt she would not allow these men to completely destroy her life. She would get on TV and go public with what acid acid attack victims have to go through. She even got onto the Indian version of the TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” She won $40,000!

Meanwhile, donations poured in. Both for her surgeries and for justice.

Chittaranjan Tiwari, a 29-year-old electronic engineer was one such supporter of Sonali, and he was very moved to meet her. They met, and then they fell in love. They would end up getting married!

Then now have a wonderful baby named Pari. The name actually means “face of an angel.”

Even though three sick individuals tried to destroy her, Sonali rallied her spirit and has made the best of everything. Now Indian law has been changed as well. The crime of acid attacks will be punished more harshly. Hopefully these attacks will stop, and other victims will find hope and inspiration in Sonali’s story. Many more no doubt need medical, financial, and moral support to get through the incredibly challenging recovery process.

Sonali said the following:

“My life feels complete now. This is the best feeling after years of desperation and agony. I feel I have been rewarded for all the pain I had to endure.”

Amazing story of hope and inspiration, despite the toughest odds.

Henry Okafor

  • Jalieda Snelling

    2017-01-28 #1 Author

    I hope she is much better! Who would do something like that to an innocent person. That’s sick!

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  • Jaqueria

    2017-01-28 #2 Author

    This is so sad smh

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  • Aerial

    2017-01-28 #3 Author

    This is so sad. She looks so different. Prayers for her.

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  • Vanessa Mayorga

    2017-01-28 #4 Author

    Wow this story was so amazing! There is hope!! Remember in life there is always someone who’s life is much harder than yours.?

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    • Mercedes Hanson

      2017-02-03 #5 Author

      Wow that is so sad i dont think anyone deserved to be treated that way cause they would feel bad if someome did that to.there child so as the old saying goes treat others the way u want to be treated.

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  • Vanessa Mayorga

    2017-01-28 #6 Author

    Wow this story was so amazing! There is hope!! Remember in life there is always someone who’s life is much harder than yours

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  • Torsheana walker

    2017-01-28 #7 Author

    This is sad I pray the men that did those horrific things to this girl and her life be brought to justice

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  • Mykel lewis

    2017-01-29 #8 Author

    This so sad god have mercy on there soul prayers go out to her in the family god bless.

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  • Jamille Gladney

    2017-01-29 #9 Author

    This is so heart touching. The men should be punish for the damage they have done to this beautiful young lady. Nobody should have to go through anything like this. It’s unfair & sick. Pray for her & her family .

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  • Tyeisha R

    2017-01-29 #10 Author

    Her Life So Young And Precious Was Turned Up Side All Because She Wasnt Interested In 3Miserable Lonely Men , I Pray For Her Strength To Continue & I Hope Justice Shall Come In A Greater Power ????

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  • Krystalynn

    2017-01-30 #11 Author

    Wow ! This is so sad man like life is way too short for this ! Ill pray for her

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  • Alriya

    2017-01-31 #12 Author

    that’s crazy , them man’s need too be punished and hopefully this will never happen again .

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  • Angela Cole

    2017-01-31 #13 Author

    Wow very sad story… one word ; KARMA!

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  • Mariena

    2017-01-31 #14 Author

    This is just horrible poor thing .. why people are so grateful in this world .. I don’t know .. but I have true respect for her .. I hope and pray for her everyday .. she did not deserve this at all..

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  • Daja Watkins

    2017-01-31 #15 Author

    She still beautiful ?

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  • Vonda

    2017-01-31 #16 Author

    This is so sad. I hate that happened to her

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  • Vonda

    2017-01-31 #17 Author

    Hate this happened to her. It’s so sad

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  • Brandy Jordan

    2017-01-31 #18 Author

    Very sad story. She shows bravery

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  • Muzamil iQbaL

    2017-02-01 #19 Author

    Really inspirational and adorable but heart touching story. It gives hope to hopeless.

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  • Qua Moore

    2017-02-01 #20 Author

    Some men in this world doesn’t have a heart who could every try to rape a woman and they came out of one

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  • Ronnia

    2017-02-01 #21 Author

    Wow Sad story .

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  • Daizy smith

    2017-02-01 #22 Author

    Wow.. she’s still beautiful ✨

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  • Ashlee

    2017-02-02 #23 Author

    Aw poor thing. This is horrible 😣😢😢

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  • Danielle Russell

    2017-02-02 #24 Author

    This is a touching story how horrific things can happen in that country I don’t feel their sentence was harsh especially with her having to live her life being burnt from acid…sad..prayers go towards her and her family no one deserves to go through that.

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  • Starr

    2017-02-02 #25 Author

    That is crazy no one should ever have to go through that

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  • Brandi

    2017-02-02 #26 Author

    This is so sad ! They should have gotten life in jail . noone deserves to be done like that at all !! She’s still beautiful inside & out.

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  • Danette

    2017-02-02 #27 Author

    Reading this brought tears… God be with u love

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  • Amara

    2017-02-02 #28 Author

    Smh so sad

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  • Armond

    2017-02-02 #29 Author

    This is very sad I wish they would’ve gotten life in prison , people must always understand it someone who’s out there that have been going through something way worst

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  • Judea

    2017-02-03 #30 Author

    You are beautiful inside and out no matter what..the men should be punished!!! I really really hate them..hope your ok now..

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  • Naanse

    2017-02-03 #31 Author

    Hope u get well my love god loves u he didnt let u to give up these is not fair.let there justice save

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  • CHICHI PRECIOUS

    2017-02-03 #32 Author

    The lord is your strength

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