We all know the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s all about taking something negative and making something positive come out of it. How about when life gives you acid in the face? Literally?
That’s what happened to Aarti Thakur and Prashant Pingle, who were both severely injured in separate brutal attacks. Aarti was on her way to work. Prashant was defending his sister. The acid affected not just their physical bodies, but every part of their lives. They had no idea that the event that changed their lives forever would one day lead them to each other.
A Brutal Attack
Twenty-two year old Aarti Thakur was on her way to work on January 31, 2012, when she was brutally attacked for the third time in under two months by her landlord’s son. She still had 15 stitches from where he had recently stabbed her. You won’t believe what prompted these attacks.
A Man Scorned
Aarti had recently rejected a marriage proposal by her landlord’s son, because she was already engaged to be married to a man she had known for five years. Furious, he and three other people attacked her that day at the train station by throwing a bottle of acid at her face.
A Life Changed Forever
The incident changed her life. The man she intended to marry left her heartbroken a few months later, refusing to see her. She struggled for years with fear and depression. She began to reconnect by volunteering with an organization that supports the survivors of acid attacks. As fate would have it, that’s how her life would change once again.
A Brothers Love
In October 2015, Prashant Pingle and his brother in law confronted a man that had been stalking his sister, warning him that they would file police charges if he didn’t leave her alone. The argument escalated, and the man threw acid at Prashant’s sister. What Prashant did next was incredible.
A Hero Is Born
He jumped in front of his sister, shielding her from most of the acid and taking the full impact himself. Prashant suffered burns on over fifty percent of his body. Like Aarti, his partner left him shortly after he was assaulted. He had no idea that his soul mate was out still out there waiting for him.