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.
Hameed, Shaheema and Bhattacharya, Bhupal
"Scarred for Life: Thoughts on Legal Perspectives of Acid Attacks in Selected Countries with a Focus on India,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 23:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol23/iss1/12