Lakshmi feared that her daughter will cry when she sees her face, but she smiled back

3rd Nov 2015
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Lakshmi is an acid attack survivor. More importantly, she is a fierce campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks and a TV host. She was attacked in 2005 at age 16, by a 32-year-old man whose advances she had rejected. 


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Lakshmi fell in love with social activist Alok Dixit. Both decided not to get married and instead be in a live-in relationship, challenging the society by not getting married. Lakshmi is now a mother. Seven months back, Pihu was born. In an interview given to Dainik Bhaskar, Alok recalls how Lakshmi was scared during her pregnancy that her child will be afraid when she sees her mother, but Pihu smiles every time she sees her mother.

Lakshmi had earlier ferociously advocated against acid attacks through gathering 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, which led the Supreme Court order the central and state governments to regulate the sale of acid, and the Parliament to make prosecutions of acid attacks easier to pursue. Laxmi received a 2014 International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama, and was also chosen as the NDTV Indian of the Year.Lakshmi is currently busy starting a Sheroes Cafe in Lucknow next month. Pihu spends most of her time with the campaigners of Stop Acid Attack, many of whom themselves are acid attack survivors. She accompanies her mother where ever she goes, and probably knows it in her heart that her parents are the most beautiful human beings she’ll come across.

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