KATHMANDU – Sixteen-year-old Sangita Magar and her friend Sima Basnet were walking back home after classes when the world came down on them. Jiwan BK, a 20-year-old boy from the neighbourhood, hurled acid on Magar. In excruciating pain, Magar ran home to her mother, who poured water on her face as pieces of flesh started to fall. The last thing Magar recalls is being rushed to a hospital in a taxi.
That fateful day was three years ago, on February 22, 2015. Since the initial attack, Magar has faced years of physical and mental anguish. She had initially thought that she would recover and that doctors would find a way to heal and fix her face. Everything came tumbling down when doctors told her that a full recovery would never be possible.
Along with bearing the unbearable pain of having acid dumped on her, Magar faced constant scrutiny from the police and media, who hounded her for weeks following the assault. There was misleading news about the incident and many reports raised questions about her character.