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About Deepamala


Deepmala has lost her vision and her face is severely disfigured after she was attacked with acid by her husband. She needs help for her treatment and specialised care. The money raised from this campaign will be used to fund Deepmala's treatment at a specialised hospital. A part of the funds will also be given to Deepmala's family.

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 campaign has also helped acid attack survivor Monica achieve her dream going to Parsons School for Design in New York, USA to study fashion designing.
Through our website (http://makelovenotscars.org/), we plan to showcase survivors of gender-based violence from across India and even other countries through video-blogs, stories, short films and artwork. The website will be the face of our activities on the ground, which will include support for their treatment (including plastic surgery), support for justice through the judicial system and rehabilitation through employability training.
Reshma's campaign is the second (after Rekha's) in the series of immediate response campaigns that we will be doing for treatment and plastic surgery of survivors of acid attacks and other forms of gender violence. All our campaigns are transparently managed, regularly updating contributors about the total amount collected and details of expenses made.
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21st December 2015

Dear supporters, 

We wanted to update you that Deepmala is presently in Chennai doing her surgeries at a private hospital. We sent our Fellow, Uthra to visit Deepmala in the hospital and this is what she had to say: 

" Before I met Deepmala, I didn't really read up her story. All I knew was that she was an acid attack victim. Wanting to be sensitive, I repeated to myself to be as natural as possible and not give any inappropriate reactions.

But the minute I met her, she put me at ease, enquiring about the recent floods and general scenario. A little shy at first, and then we struck up a good conversation. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, she has travelled far for her treatment to Chennai. Her face was completely covered and I could see only a part of her ruined eyes.

A slew of operations hasn't dampened her spirits, and the day I met her, she was getting ready for another eye surgery scheduled for the following day. The doctors have decided to restore her vision first before performing any other procedure. Deepmala has spent a couple of lakhs (6-7 lakhs) on her surgeries till now and still has a long way to go. She plans on getting all her surgeries and procedures done in Chennai.

Before I left, she showed me her cheeks where a bone had been grafted, to be used for her eye surgery. There were scars, for she was another victim of a heinous crime, but her endurance and perseverance is to be admired. "
- Uthra, Milaap Fellow

P.S:  We are unable to share photos of Deepmala with you as she was not comfortable with photographs at this time of treatment. 

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