Revenge has always had a brutal face in society and sadly for this, now mother and activist, Lakshmi was at the receiving end of a brutal assault. The reason? She rejected the love of a man. In 2005, and at the age of 16, Lakshmi became a victim of an acid attack by a 32-year-old man who was unable to accept the fact that she did not want to play a role in his life. Since then, Lakshmi has always lived in the shadow of the attack, one that gets her reeling on just its remembrance. Despite having her face deformed by the effects of the acid, Lakshmi did not hide her face in shame, but decided to use her experience in order to save possible victims of the future. Lakshmi fell in love with humanitarian Alok Dixit, and with his support she started a petition to stop acid from being sold without proper checks. After 27,000 signatures, Lakshmi moved the Supreme Court to order the central and state governments to regulate the sale of acid and shook the Parliament to prosecute acid attackers. For her courage, vigor and constant persuasion to bring justice to those who stand in her situation, Lakshmi was awarded the 2014 International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. This courageous woman was also named NDTV Indian of the year.
Despite her relentless approach to meet justice for those in her shoes and the accolades she received for the same, there was one thing that troubled Lakshmi. Lakshmi was in a live in relationship (a decision she made to stand out from the rest who got married) and was pregnant with a baby girl. Lakshmi was worried about the fact that her child would get scared of her appearance. Seven months later after she gave birth to the girl she named Pihu, Lakshmi told us that her little daughter does the exact opposite of what she expected. Pihu smiles every time she sees her mother and treats her with utmost admiration.
Lakshmi and her partner Alok continue to work toward supporting acid attack victims. Apart from this, she has opened a café in Lucknow called Sheroes Café.