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Abstract

This article discusses acid attack victims in India—who are primarily women—while examining the related laws dealing with such issues. While these attacks can be associated with societal and other factors that relegate women to an inferior position in a society of male-dominated patriarchal culture, cases of acid assaults are on the rise in India. This research examines the related laws that deal with such issues in India and recommends suggestions for future scope for its remedies. Acid attack victims and survivors are at the receiving end of social stigmas that prevent them from achieving fulfilling lives. They are ostracized and forced to live lives of social exclusion as they are embarrassed, hesitant, and fearful of the outside world. Discrimination makes it highly difficult to find gainful employment and survivors often end up feeling as though they have no meaning in life. Acid attack survivors tend to depend on others for their livelihood as they are, for no fault of their own, socially excluded. Various cases of acid attacks have been cited in the paper which gives insight to the horror of the crime. The research study employed secondary sources of data collection and has reviewed legal aspects pertaining to acid attacks in selected countries.

Note on the Author

Dr. Shaheema Hameed is Assistant Professor (Management) at Banasthali Vidyapith, India. Her doctoral research focused on the managerial competencies of the Generation Z of India. Her areas of specialization are Human Resource Management, Business Communication, and Organizational Behavior. She has presented her work at various national and international forums and holds a key interest in sustainability and social issues. She can be reached at prof.shaheema@gmail.com. ORCiD: 0000-0002-1758-7085 ; Dr. Bhupal Bhattacharya is Assistant Professor (Law) at Raiganj University, Government of West Bengal, India. He has around 10 years of academic experience in addition to 3 years of industrial and court experience. He is on the editorial boards of many international and national journals. He has published 4 books and 16 published research papers. His interests are social issues and environmental law. He can be reached at bhupalbhattacharya@gmail.com. ORCiD: 0000-0002-7136-3138

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