An acid attack survivor has cleared this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination in Thala upazila of Satkhira.
Sonali Khatun (19), a student of the local Kumira Pilot Girls High School, secured a grade point average of 4.96 in her SSC (Vocational) examinations.
On November 19, 2002, Sonali was a victim of an acid attack when she was only 18 days old.
She was first taken to an area clinic before being admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital for long-term treatment. After that she received health care at a hospital in Dhaka for a year.
A case was registered in connection with the attack and the culprits are currently serving jail terms.
Sonali’s father Noor Islam told the Dhaka Tribune: “My very talented daughter overcame many hurdles and through hard work, excelled in the SSC exams. I am proud to be her father.”
Noor also said that she wants Sonali to pursue higher education.
Their neighbors allegedly threw acid on Sonali and her mother Khodeja Begum in their sleep over a dispute and seriously injured them, Noor said.
After many ups and downs, their home is finally happy, he said.
Meanwhile, Sonali said that she is very happy with her results and hopes to join a higher education institution in the future.
She added that everyone from classmates to teachers have given her a lot of support and encouragement over the years.
Kumira Pilot Girls High School Headmaster Gautam Kumar Das said that every teacher in the school is proud of Sonali’s achievement.
Sonali’s indomitable mental strength, courage and everyone’s cooperation helped her come this far, he added, adding that it is important for public and private institutions and individuals to support her to pursue higher education.