Comic-book superheroine fights back against acid attacks
The sequel to a popular story is bringing attention to a women’s issue in India
Priya’s Shakti was a ground-breaking Indian comic book about a woman who was gang-raped but gained the strength to fight sex crimes. Now, two years later, in Priya’s Mirror, the superhero convinces survivors of acid attacks — a form of domestic abuse — they don’t need to hide.
“Priya is a flying superhero. For survivors of rape and acid attacks, to see characters like themselves being represented in art and pop culture is pretty cool,” Ram Devineni, a creator of the series, told theguardian.com. “It’s an alternate narrative, and it’s a positive message, one we hope will help change perceptions.”
According to theguardian.com, as many as 1,500 acid attacks are recorded every year, with more than 1,000 cases estimated to take place in India. Other attacks go unreported, because victims fear retaliation from their abusers. [theguardian.com]
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