This is an amazing cause!
Reshma is a young woman from Mumbai, India who, when she was visiting Northern India in 2014, was brutally attacked by a group of people that included her own brother-in-law.
The men finished by pouring sulfuric acid — which is sold over the counter in India — on her face.
Though the attack caused Reshma to lose her left eye and disfigured her face, she doesn’t let it get her down. In fact, she uses her own injury to help spread awareness about the abuse of women and the easy accessibility of acid in India.
Reshma has her own YouTube series titled Beauty Tips by Reshma where she not only talks beauty tips for every woman, but also preaches her message about acid as well.
She can be seen dropping knowledge like:
“You’ll find a red lipstick easily in the market, just like concentrated acid.”
She goes on to talk about how one can achieve “perfect red lips” saying:
“This is the reason why, everyday a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack.”
Since starting her videos, Reshma has gotten together with Make Love Not Scars in order to help spread the message to anyone who watches to videos as well as promote her petition to try and ban over-the-counter sales of acid in India!
Despite the fact that India’s Supreme Court ordered state authorities to regulate the sales of chemicals — which have a long history of being used to kill people, women in particular — acid is still very easily attainable.
Some progress? You now have to be over 18, and any store that sells you hydrochloric, nitric, or sulfuric acid must keep a log of sales.
This is only a small step in the right direction for this cause though — one that Reshma hopes to further.
[Image via YouTube.]