How a young woman is changing the lives of Acid Attack Survivors

Delhi | March 2017

Ria Sharma

Founder, Make Love Not Scars

Akhand Swarup

Ex IES, Founder-Catalyst


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.

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.