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Acid attack victim (18) makes bold statement in Youtube makeup tutorial: 'Every day a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack'

Published 10/09/2015 | 11:53

Reshma was badly scarred following an acid attack. Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma took part in a Youtube tutorial to highlight the issue of Concentrated Acid sales in India Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma pictured before her attack in 2014 Photo: Make Love Not Scars

An Indian woman who was the victim of an acid attack at the hands of her brother-in-law has voiced her views on the ban of concentrated acids in a Youtube make-up tutorial.

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Reshma Bano Quereshi was badly scarred last year in an attack in which her estranged brother-in-law poured sulphuric acid on her face in Northern India. Reshma also lost her left eye in brutal attack for which her assailant was arrested.

In a video posted to Youtube by charity Make Love Not Scars, Reshma (18) speaks about how it can be easier to purchase concentrated acid in her local markets than red lipstick.

“You’ll find red lipstick easily in the market just like concentrated acid. That’s why every day a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack,” she said.

Reshma was badly scarred following an acid attack. Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma took part in a Youtube tutorial to highlight the issue of Concentrated Acid sales in India Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma pictured before her attack in 2014 Photo: Make Love Not Scars

The charity estimated that more than one thousand acid attacks occur in India each year and has launched a campaign #EndAcidSale to help prevent further attacks.

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Bharat Nayak, a representative for Make Love Not Scars told The New York Times: “We wanted to create a contrast by using a topic as superficial as makeup to address a hard hitting issue of acid attacks.”

“There is so much stigma attached to this, that we felt that video of this kind can change people’s heart and make them feel survivors are as normal as they are.”

Reshma pictured before her attack in 2014 Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma pictured before her attack in 2014 Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma was badly scarred following an acid attack. Photo: Make Love Not Scars
Reshma took part in a Youtube tutorial to highlight the issue of Concentrated Acid sales in India Photo: Make Love Not Scars

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