Social Activist I Campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks
Who Am I
Laxmi Agarwal is an Indian campaigner with Stop Acid
Attacks and a TV host. She is an acid attack survivor and speaks for the rights of acid
attack victims. She was attacked in 2005 at age 15, by a 32-year-old man Gudda
and his alias Naeem Khan whose advances she had rejected. Her story, among
others, was told in a series on acid attack victims by Hindustan Times. She
has also advocated against acid attacks through gathering 27,000 signatures for
a petition to curb acid sales, and taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court.
petition led the Supreme Court to order the central and state governments to
regulate the sale of acid, and the Parliament to make prosecutions of acid attacks easier to
She is the director of Chhanv Foundation, a NGO dedicated
to help the survivors of acid attacks in India. Laxmi received a 2014 International Women of Courage award
by US First Lady Michelle Obama. She was
also chosen as the NDTV Indian of the Year. She hosted a TV
Show on New Express which focused on her journey. She shares her journey in
India and across the world. Laxmi motivates people to find true meaning of
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