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Sheroes’ Hangout

Standing in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, in the city of Agra, rests an unassuming cafe with a colorful mural and an admirable mission to empower women. 

Tucked away on a dusty street amidst a cacophony of rickshaws and pedestrians stands Sheroes’ Hangout. This pay-what-you-choose cafe employs women who have survived harrowing acid attacks, often at the hands of their own family members or romantic partners. According to USA Today, acid attacks have been on the rise in India, averaging an estimated 250 to 300 victims per year. Often the acid, which is easily procured and extremely corrosive, leaves its victims deformed, blind, and forever scarred. 

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