Each time, a teenager is compelled to demonstrate to his friends that he is a native of India, as the fair color of Aviral Chauhan’s skin leads to misunderstandings among those around him.
Vitiligo, a rare genetic condition, is responsible for this phenomenon, causing the disappearance of melanin pigment from certain areas of the skin.
At an early age, the 19-year-old teenager discovered this feature when he noticed a white patch near his eye.
With time, vitiligo rapidly progressed, affecting most of his skin. Aviral Chauhan underwent a complete transformation, becoming markedly different from his family members. Sometimes, he struggles to recognize himself in childhood photographs.
During his school years, he endured humiliation and constant mockery from classmates.
Misunderstandings regarding his cultural identity persist, leading Aviral to consistently prove his Indian heritage. Online critics have accused him of appropriating a foreign culture, which deeply frustrates him.
“I am infuriated by the accusations of appropriating a foreign culture. I am a native Indian, and I want everyone to acknowledge that.”
Despite the daily challenges posed by his unique appearance, Aviral now handles accusations and ridicule with greater resilience, thanks to the unwavering support of his family.
“My family has never reproached me because of my appearance. They have always treated me like a normal person. I will forever be grateful to them.”