Throwing acid in a woman’s face is one of the most heinous ways disgruntled suitors express their displeasure in India.
Laxmi Saa, a survivor of an acid attack in 2005, gave all acid attack survivors a major confidence boost by appearing as the newest face of Viva n Diva, an Indian fashion brain, in their latest “Face of Courage” campaign.
Saa was only 15 years old when a 32-year-old man threw acid in her face for rejecting his marriage proposal.
“It felt cold first. Then I felt an intense burning. Then the liquid melted my skin,” she told BBC.
Such acid attacks are nothing new to the women in India. According to Acid Survivors Trust International, about 500 to 1000 women suffer from acid attacks every year in the country. These attacks leave the victims disfigured, maimed and sometimes even blinded.
However, the largest scars are probably invisible. In a world that judges a woman’s worth based on her looks, victims are often left with a battered self-esteem and confidence; but not Laxmi. She is now a Stop Acid Attacks campaigner and TV personality trying to raise awareness about the issues that victims face.
Laxmi and her efforts and companies like Viva n Diva shed a ray of hope for women everywhere.
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