How a young Delhi woman is changing the lives of acid attack survivors

Ria Sharma

In 2013, the Supreme Court of India passed a law to regulate the open sale of acid. The legislation was welcome but the ground realities haven’t changed. Every day, somewhere in India, two women have their faces permanently disfigured by a splash of concentrated acid. While they will never get back what they lost in a second of violence, Ria Sharma has resolved to chart a way back for these brave women.

  • A 2012 narrative about acid attack survivors in Pakistan won that year’s Oscars for the Best Documentary. The film, Saving Face, tells a gripping story.
  • The ‘Beauty Tips by Reshma’ campaign, launched in partnership with The Logical Indian and Ogilvy India, became viral globally, won an award at Cannes, and acquired more than 300,000 signatures for its petition.
  • Priya’s Shakti is a new-age comic book series that has published a fascinating mythological tale on acid attack victims, complete with Shiva and Parvati, a modern-day heroine, a misguided demon, and eventually, redemption.

Ria Sharma

Founder - Make Love Not Scars

Ria Sharma runs an organization called Make Love Not Scars, which offers complete support to acid attack survivors and works to empower them with the confidence, job skills, and overall outlook to lead an independent life.

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