Laxmi Agarwal was only 15 years old when she met with a dreadful acid attack way back in 2005 in the busy market area of Delhi. The attack was planned and done by a man who was twice her age because she had spurned his advances.
She was on the way for her music classes when the tragedy occurred. The wannabe singer and kathak dancer was the student of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalay. Due to this incident, she had to discontinue her studies. The good thing was that she received her treatment on time. In the years that followed, she had to undergo many more surgeries that almost affected her mental health.
With her strong will and determination, Laxmi took up the challenge and managed to gather many signatures for the petition to put a ban on sales of acid in the market and took this issue to the honorable Supreme Court of India. She even managed to put the culprits who were the masterminds of this incident behind the bars. She has received International Woman of Courage award from Michelle Obama, wife of US’s then president, Barack Obama. She was also named NDTV Indian of the year.
As of 2014, she is the founder and director of an NGO, Chhanv Foundation which aims to help the survivors of acid attacks. In the same year, she married her co-activist from SAA(Stop Acid Attacks) campaign, Alok Dixit, with whom she has a daughter.
Afterwards, a new campaign “Face of Courage” made her their spokesperson which also made her the first ever acid attack victim to become a brand ambassador. Since then, she has been an inspiration to everyone.
Her life is a message to the world that “Acid attacks do not mean the end of dreams. Never give the people the satisfactions of seeing you suffer.”
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