Deepmala is the only child of her parents, who wanted to educate her to become a teacher. After her marriage, however, her husband was not comfortable with her going out for studies or for teaching. Deepmala would protest against this, and during one such argument in February 2014, Deepmala’s husband threw acid on her face.
Deepmala suffered serious burn injuries due to the acid attack, which has also left her blinded. Her eyelids, part of her scalp and her nose have been melted by the acid. She has also suffered injuries on her hands and legs. She has also lost her vision.
Her parents come from a poor financial background and her father is a small farmer. They have already sold off a part of their land – their only savings – to meet the expenses for Deepmala’s treatment at a local hospital in her home state of Uttar Pradesh. Her parents are also finding it difficult to meet the expenses of her medicines and hospital stay, which is around INR 25,000 (approx. USD 400) per month.
Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) now plans to shift Deepmala to Mumbai, where MLNS has partnered with a senior specialist doctor who is a recipient of Padma Shri – one of the highest civilian awards issued by the Government of India.
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The money raised from this campaign will be used to help Deepmala shift to Mumbai and undergo treatment under the care of a specialist doctor who has been awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India. A part of the funds will also be used to help the family with living expenses. Not more than 5% of the amount collected will be used by Make Love Not Scars to meet administrative expenses.