Friday, 7 March 2014

Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Now TV Anchor Who Felicitated By U.S First Lady Michelle Obama

Posted by Siva Kumar Ari
US First Lady Michelle Obama has felicitated Indian acid attack victim Laxmi after she won the International Women of Courage Award for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India.
"The face you burned is the face I love ...I am alive and flourishing". These words are by Laxmi, an acid attack survivor who is in the US to receive the International Women of Courage award. She has left the Americans impressed with her passion and guts.


What's more encouraging is that Laxmi has got a springboard for a career in television, her childhood dream. She will host an audience-based show which will be aired weekly, and has successfully shot three episodes.

"As a teenager she would look into the mirror for hours and say she wanted to come on TV. However, her dream was shattered when a man threw acid on her face at Khan Market in 2005. It took years for her to come out of the shadow and face the world. She did that bravely, but the dream had virtually got buried," says her mother.

One of her family member said "She was in tears when she got to know that her employer was in earnest. She said that she had thought it impossible to even think of this career. I assured her that she could do it and asked her to take the offer if she was mentally and physically prepared for it."

A colleague said "She was trembling before the first shoot. I convinced her she was equal to it. And believe me, it was a cakewalk for her. She did it well,"

Laxmi has also written a poem describing her ordeal, and goes on to narrate how the man who threw acid at her was as brutal as the acid itself. She concludes by talking of how she has weathered her ordeal and begun a prosperous life.

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