Kavita Bisht’s life is no short of an inspiration. An acid attack in 2008 left her with physical and emotional scars but she resolved to keep going and sensitize the masses on the same. Moved by her story, Jay Joshi, an 18-year-old boy from Haldwani, has written a book ‘Beauty Behind the Scars’. Uttarakhand governor KK Paul will inaugurate the book on Children’s Day.
It all started when Joshi came in contact with Kavita while hunting for a paying guest accommodation. The class XII student gradually got to know about her traumatic experience and her resolve to lead a better life.
“I asked her why she always wore black shades even inside the house. When I learnt that the acid attack had left her visually impaired, I resolved to tell the world about her grit,” Joshi told TOI.
Inspired by her grit and determination, the Uttarakhand government had named her the state’s brand ambassador for women’s empowerment in 2015.
Speaking to TOI about the book penned by Joshi, Kavita said, “I will be really happy if my story can give courage to others. It would be especially heartening if children get motivated and never lose heart, no matter how bad the situation.”
Joshi hopes to help acid attack survivors in every possible way. He is planning to pen down accounts of more such acid attack survivors in future. “I have resolved to give 20% of the earnings from these works to the survivors,” he added.