Every year, approximately 1,000 people in India are attacked, disfigured, and sometimes killed with acid.
But two days ago, acid attack survivor Laxmi won a significant victory on Change.org: the Indian government announced it will regulate the sale of acid.
One week ago, 23-year-old Laxmi started her Change.org petition calling on the government to regulate acid. Three days ago, she delivered more than 27,000 signatures to the Indian Home Minister. The next day, her petition won.
According to reports, retailers will now need permission and licenses to sell acid, and buyers will need to provide a valid identity card and proof of address, essentially making it much more difficult to procure acid to use in attacks against women.
To learn more about Laxmi’s story and victory, visit her petition at https://www.change.org/stopacidattacks.