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Published on Mar 7, 2017
Laxmi Agarwal is an Indian campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks as her main initiative and also a TV host. She was attacked in 2005 at age 15, by a 32-year-old for rejecting him as a partner. She has also raised her voice against acid attacks and made sure that there was a petition sanctioned to curb acid sales and taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court.
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 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. Her 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 pursue. She is the director of Chhanv Foundation, a NGO dedicated to help the survivors of acid attacks in India. Laxmi received a 2014International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. She was also chosen as the NDTV Indian of the Year.
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