Geeta, 50, lives with her daughter Neetu, 19, and her husband Inderajeet, 50, who, 24 years ago, disfigured his wife and his daughter with the acid. The attack occurred in 1992, during the night, while they were at Geeta’s mother’s home, and it killed little Krishna, about a year old, blinding Neetu and scarring permanently her mother. Following the attack, the two women spent about 15 months at the hospital.
Inderajeet assaulted his wife and daughter for the resentment arising from his desire for a son and his wife's’ reproaches, due to his dissolute life made of alcohol and gambling. But while Inderajeet was in prison, Geeta had to forgive him, interrupting his detention after only three months. This decision was made as a result of a letter of threats her husband sent her, in which he promised future attacks and retaliation against his family, and because of the anatomy of Indian society, which makes it difficult for a divorced and disfigured woman, with a disabled daughter, to reintegrate herself into the public life.
Geeta now lives with her husband, Neetu, and her youngest daughter Punam, 19, born after the attack, in a small house renovated thanks to a state compensation designated for the purpose of helping the victims of domestic violence. Their forced cohabitation continues since then, including the problems caused by Indrajeet’s gambling and drinking, and his inability to provide for his family, whose support totally weighs on Geeta’s shoulders.
Geeta works with her daughter Neetu as an activist at the Sheroes Hangout Café, the first restaurant in the world run by women disfigured by acid. Thanks to their salary they are economically independent enough to support the whole family.