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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 30: Laxmi Aggarwal (23), and Nasreen (one name, 33) in the balcony of the new campaign office Stop Acid Attacks in New Delhi. Aggarwal was only 16 when a man threw acid on her face and hands for refusing his proposal. She remained hidden behind the veil for many years. But this year, buoyed by the anti-rape protests and a new law against acid attacks, Aggarwal found the courage to come out and join the campaign. Since then she has become a sort of the poster-child of the campaign against acid attacks.  For the first time, India established specific penalties for the crime, and now the Supreme Court  directed the government two weeks ago to regulate acid sales and award quick money for medical treatment for the survivors. Not to lose on the momentum generated by the anti-rape activism and the new law, acid attack survivors are now coming together to push the government to enforce the court's orders, demand rehabilitation and planning street plays to raise awareness about the prevalence of the crime in Indian cities. 'It is very important to show the face, people should see the horror. Hiding the face is the same as staying silent,' Aggarwal said.   (Photo by Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 30: Laxmi Aggarwal (23), and Nasreen (one name, 33) in the balcony of the new campaign office Stop Acid Attacks in New Delhi. Aggarwal was only 16 when a man threw acid on her face and hands for refusing his proposal. She remained hidden behind the veil for many years. But this year, buoyed by the anti-rape protests and a new law against acid attacks, Aggarwal found the courage to come out and join the campaign. Since then she has become a sort of the poster-child of the campaign against acid attacks.  For the first time, India established specific penalties for the crime, and now the Supreme Court  directed the government two weeks ago to regulate acid sales and award quick money for medical treatment for the survivors. Not to lose on the momentum generated by the anti-rape activism and the new law, acid attack survivors are now coming together to push the government to enforce the court's orders, demand rehabilitation and planning street plays to raise awareness about the prevalence of the crime in Indian cities. 'It is very important to show the face, people should see the horror. Hiding the face is the same as staying silent,' Aggarwal said.   (Photo by Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Laxmi Aggarwal and Nasreen in the balcony of the new campaign office... News Photo 175907184Balcony,Campaign,Horizontal,Human Interest,India,New Delhi,OfficePhotographer Collection: The Washington Post 2013 The Washington PostNEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 30: Laxmi Aggarwal (23), and Nasreen (one name, 33) in the balcony of the new campaign office Stop Acid Attacks in New Delhi. Aggarwal was only 16 when a man threw acid on her face and hands for refusing his proposal. She remained hidden behind the veil for many years. But this year, buoyed by the anti-rape protests and a new law against acid attacks, Aggarwal found the courage to come out and join the campaign. Since then she has become a sort of the poster-child of the campaign against acid attacks.  For the first time, India established specific penalties for the crime, and now the Supreme Court  directed the government two weeks ago to regulate acid sales and award quick money for medical treatment for the survivors. Not to lose on the momentum generated by the anti-rape activism and the new law, acid attack survivors are now coming together to push the government to enforce the court's orders, demand rehabilitation and planning street plays to raise awareness about the prevalence of the crime in Indian cities. 'It is very important to show the face, people should see the horror. Hiding the face is the same as staying silent,' Aggarwal said.   (Photo by Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post via Getty Images)