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Shirin Juwaley was only 24 when her husband threw acid on her face, chest and arms. Shirin founded the organisation Palash to help burn and acid attack survivors.

Shirin often goes into schools to speak about what happened to her. But the principal of one girls’ college refused to let her enter. Shirin wrote about the incident on her blog 'Do I look normal?'

RNW colleague Dheera Sujan - who blogs for South Asia Wired - wrote an open letter to the principal. Read it here

Dheera joined Jonathan Groubert to describe the response her letter provoked:

Taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - Loverboys