Soniya Choudhary is an acid attack fighter, a make-up artiste and now on the journey of becoming an entrepreneur. She was attacked when she was barely 19 years old. Soniya shares with Mums and stories her opinion on her mum Sharada Choudhary who has been with her in the thickest of times.
When we spoke to Soniya as a telecon conversation she had been juggling around moving between cities for women’s day events.
While we feel every story that has been featured on Mums and stories as a contribution to women’s day, this particular story on Soniya adds to that list and receives special accolades for women like her who face life as it comes. It is the courage that we at Mums and stories salute and find it truly inspiring.
“ I clearly remember that when I was burning after the can of acid was poured on me by this individual and then people around me were probably too stunned to react. And they just kept staring. It was my mother, who rushed out from our house; the attack had happened barely a few meters away from our home. I had finished work and that day my dad couldn’t reach my beauty parlour where I was working to pick me up. The entire act was done based on a silly imagination of revenge to be taken as I had informed the police couple of days ago that this attacker was the real culprit who had stolen a mobile and sold it to me as a new mobile.
My mom came out seeing me crying loudly and hugged me. She has done a lot for me. Of course she has been a huge pillar of strength as far as I am concerned. Even now when I travel outside Ghaziabad she wants me to call her as soon as I reach the destination, wants a general update on the day’s activities and is concerned if I am alright.
She is a friend but we do have a lot of arguments but her being in my life has been of great importance for me to exist. I remember when I had scored extremely low marks in my 10th grade, my parents had told me that it is not a Kumbh Mela that will occur once in 12 years. Life moves on and one need not stop holed up in the past events.
My mum has been through a lot including financial constraints. My dad is no more but she keeps saying that I need to keep moving on in life. ‘ Don’t look back, keep walking forward’ this is a statement that often runs in my mind.
After the acid attack I have even tried to commit suicide but my family stood with me and now I am in a state where I am ready to greet life everyday with optimism.”
Mums and stories is privileged to feature a true inspiring mum-daughter story of Soniya & Sharada Choudhary.