Having a humble background, Rubina Noor belongs to a Bengali immigrant family settled in Karachi. Her father is an ‘Imam’ in the local community mosque. Following the traditions she was married to a local boy at an early age. The husband turned out to be a greedy fellow and continued with never ending dowry demands. When his wishes were not complied with, he decided to remarry and have another wife. When Rubina retaliated he threw kerosene oil on her and the flame of match box gave rise to her heart breaking screams. Her face and body were badly burnt. After receiving initial treatment she was registered with Depilex Smileagain Foundation in 2009. Since then she has undergone many surgeries on her face and body.

Following its holistic approach DSF remains in touch with its family of patients and follows through till they are settled as normal beings in the social main stream. Nine (9) girls after being fully treated have been married, have become mothers and are leading happy family lives. Rubina has joined as the lucky tenth. This is how it happened;

Rubina is enrolled with Depilex Beauty Institute Karachi and is completing a training course to become a qualified beautician. We happily share that in the meantime a boy from her community got sympathetic with her and proposed to marry. DSF took the news with happiness and with the consent of the two families arranged the engagement. Few months after the engagement, DSF planned the wedding ceremony in collaboration with Geo TV. In fact the ceremonies were held in the studios of the participating TV channel telecasting the events live in the popular and internationally vied morning show hosted by Shaista Lodhi. Bride groom Rustam and bride Rubina enjoyed a memorable wedding with a series of entertaining and traditional events including, ‘mehndi’, ‘maayun’, ‘rukhsati’ and ‘walima’. During the 10 day long celebrations, the couple received gifts from the viewers. Many celebrities including singers, models, TV artists visited the show to congratulate the happy couple. DSF goodwill ambassador, Hina Dilpazir in her appearance appreciated the efforts of Masarrat Misbah and highlighted that after personally visiting the DSF office and shelter home, she decided to serve as DSF supporter and goodwill ambassador. The entertaining week served as advocacy for the projection of the cause of women’s rights as well as build hope and confidence of the suffering families.

DSF has rented a small house for the couple. Rustam works in a factory and Rubina is about to complete her beauty course. DSF is making arrangements for her employment with Depilex Beauty Clinic in Karachi. Hopefully the couple will live a happy life in the main stream of society – fulfilling the mission of DSF.

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