Michelle Obama Honours Indian Acid Attack Victim Laxmi With International Women Of Courage Award

News in India

 

Laxmi, a victim of acid attack was honoured with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama felicitated Laxmi for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India.

 

Also read: Brave story of acid attack victim ‘Laxmi’ who is fighting for us

 

Obama and the large crowd at the State Department auditorium was moved and touched when Laxmi, a standard-bearer of the movement to end acid attacks, recited a poem recounting her experience on the occasion yesterday.

 

“You haven’t thrown acid on my face; you threw it on my dreams. You didn’t have love in your heart; you had acid in it,” Laxmi recited soon after receiving the prestigious award along with several other women from different parts of the world including Afghanistan and Fiji. The original poem was in Hindi. Laxmi was 15 when an acquaintance threw acid on her face while she waited at a bus stop in New Delhi’s busy Khan Market in 2005, disfiguring her permanently.

 

Also read: Eight years after spurned lover threw acid on her face, 24-year-old survivor Lakshmi finds her true love

 

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