"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."
Born in the middle-class family of Delhi, Laxmi Agarwal was like any other teenager and probably is the way she continues to inspire the acid victims. When she was 15 by a 32-year-old man Gudda and his alias Nadeem Syed threw acid on her, making life horrible for her. Devastated by her looks and more than that by those society cold reactions Laxmi had a bitter some year. She, however, was not shattered by either of them and won her battle bravely.
Recovering from the life- turning incident Laxmi Agarwal started by advocating against acid attacks through gathering 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, and taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court. She started her own campaign Stop Sale Acid which gained huge attention and probably success too in 2013 when the Supreme Court imposed the restrictions on the sale of acids. Laxmi received huge recognition, the recent being International Women Empowerment Award 2019 from IWES.
It was probably Laxmi’s huge will power and strength which provided her immense courage to confront her misery so bravely and become the victim of acid survivors and now her immense inspiring journey will be portrayed by Deepika Padukone in the upcoming film ‘Chhapaak’ and the Internet is quite captivated by just-released poster of the film which will be released in 2020.