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.
Who we are and how we help
Make Love Not Scars (https://www.facebook.com/makeluvnotscars?ref=hl)is a unique youth initiative to rehabilitate survivors of acid attacks and other forms of gender-based violence and discrimination and facilitate their integration with society. We are a group of energetic, passionate and committed youth who are keen to make a positive impact on our society through meaningful groundwork.
Leveraging social media for our first campaign, we created a Facebook page for acid attack survivor Rekha (https://www.facebook.com/rekha.acidattacksurvivor?ref=hl), which helped in raising close to USD 1,500 for Rekha. We donated the funds to a reputed private hospital in Bangalore, where Rekha is presently undergoing treatment. Later, we raised around USD 3,500 for Rekha through Indiegogo, and these funds are also being used for her treatment. Our next Indiegogo campaign for acid attack survivor Reshma helped raise almost USD 9,000 to fund her treatment. We also managed to raise around USD 1,800 to help acid attack survivor Lalita get a new face. Both Reshma and Lalita are being treated in Mumbai under the care of the same specialist doctor who will also operate upon Deepmala.
Deepmala's campaign is the fourth in the series of campaigns for the treatment of survivors of acid attacks. All our campaigns are transparently managed, regularly updating contributors about the total amount collected and details of expenses made.
How will your contribution be used
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.
With your support, we can help a young and hopeful acid attack survivor bounce back in life.