Acid Attack: A Burning Issue in India

– Charu Kirti

Women constitute an important part of society. They are responsible for giving birth to live, but unfortunately, they are made to lose their lives in the name of different brutalities committed against them. Whenever a woman decides to raise her voice against her substandard position in the patriarchal society, she is shunned by different means, either by acid physical abuse, or by burning her to death. Over the best decade, India has been witnessing an alarming growth of acid attack, especially on women.A study revealed that 78% of the reported acid attack case is for refusal to marriage or a rejection of romance. “Acid attack on young women” is some of the headline’s newspaper. The most common type of acid utilized in these assaults includes sulphuric, nitric, and hydrochloric acid. Attackers will usually throw acid on the face, resulting in scarring, deformity, and permanent injuries. The treatment is a prolonged one and the victims go through several surgeries, each more painful than the one before.

‘The Criminal Law’ (Amendment) Act 2013, the guidelines by the Supreme Court of India the regulations have become stricter. But the survey of 2014 showed a 300% increase in the total number of acid attack cases reported. Our legal and medical systems have also proved very weak while dealing with such cases. Section 326 A in the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for acid attackers. The minimum punishment is 10 years imprisonment. It can extend up to life imprisonment with fine. A separate law to punish offenders in such cases was passed along with amendment of the law on sexual offenses.

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