Courageous acid attack victim proves that true love is more than skin deep
The face of 15-year-old Laxmi was destroyed when a man who she rejected poured acid on her face. She thought she would never be able to love and be loved, yet true love found her nine years later, and now they are on a mission to help other victims.
When young Laxmi was only 15, she refused the pursuit of a man more than twice her age. The man was actually her girl friend's older brother. Tragedy struck when, in broad daylight in one of Delhi's busiest markets, the man and a female accomplice pushed Laxmi down and threw acid over her face. Laxmi cried for help but no one came to her rescue.
She said, "I felt as if someone had set my whole body on fire. The skin was just coming off, it was like dripping from my hands and from my face." The attack left her physically and emotionally scarred. In the nine years since the acid attack, Laxmi has undergone seven major surgeries to try to reduce the burns on her face. For several years she stayed indoors and refused to meet anyone.
In 2006, she mustered courage to file a public interest lawsuit in India's highest court. On July 18th, 2013, the Supreme Court of India passed the order to regulate the sale of acid across the country.
In spite of her courage in filing the lawsuit, she has had to struggle to cope with the drastic change in her looks and the loss of self-confidence. Laxmi said, "After the attack, I never thought I would ever find a soul mate. I had lost hope."
But she found love again when she met Alok Dixit.
Alok is a former journalist who was researching acid attacks and wanted to campaign against them. When he finally met Laxmi, he was attracted by her courage and spirit. Laxmi felt he understood what she was going through. The two fell in love.
Alok said, "I never felt that looks are important. Looks do not matter because I find Laxmi very beautiful. She is a beautiful person and her beauty lies in her heart." They have also chosen to live together instead of getting married, in another stand to challenge against society's norms.
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In the last two years, they have built a mostly crowd-funded organization called "Stop Acid Attacks." The organization is made up mainly of victims of acid attacks, and it helps the victims with visits and assistance. They also run active campaigns across India called "Spot of Shame" to call attention to these horrendous crimes at the site of the attacks.
Actually, we think two people with beautiful hearts and minds have found each other, and we wish them happiness and success in eradicating acid attacks in India.
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