India's Make Love Not Scars group has released a beauty tutorial video in which an acid attack victim, Reshma, provides tips. Titled, "How To Get Perfect Red Lips", the one-minute video has been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube.
In the video, Reshma is seen wearing a fancy top with a stone-studded necklace. Seated in a pink room with bright lights, she starts her video by introducing herself and offers tips on how to get perfect red lips. First, she advises removing dead skin by brushing the lips with a toothbrush. Then apply lip balm, lip liner and finally lipstick, she says.
Reshma also urges viewers to sign the Make Love Not Scars petition that seeks a ban on over-the-counter sale of acid. She was a Mumbai teenager looking forward to completing school and finding a job when she suffered the acid attack. In 2014, she went to Allahabad for her exams, where her brother-in-law allegedly threw sulphuric acid over her face.
As a result, Reshma lost her left eye, and her right eye is partially closed and infected. Reshma also suffered severe burns and disfigurement, and will need surgery to repair muscles around her
According to the BBC, about 1,000 acid attacks are reported in India every year, with almost 90% of the victims being women.