Indian Legal Response to Acid Attacks On Women: A Critical Analysis

  • Raj Kumar Garg and Gopal Bali
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  • Raj Kumar Garg

    Ph.D. Research Scholar at Himachal Pradesh University, India.

  • Gopal Bali

    Student at Himachal Pradesh University, India.

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Acid attacks on women have become a subject of much interest, and they are frequently seen as the most cruel and horrible type of violence performed on the weaker sex. It's the intentional and premeditated application of acid to another human being who has done nothing wrong. Easy access to acid, a male-dominated and male-dictating culture, hatred, spurned and loathed spouses, and so on are just a few examples. Acid attacks are on the rise, and like everything else, they're expanding and increasing. The perpetrators are unconcerned about the consequences of such menacing, ominous, and imminent attacks on innocent victims, and they fling acids at them, changing their faces, limbs, and other bodily parts. The laws have been harsher with the passage of 'The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013' and the Supreme Court of India's instructions. However, a study conducted in 2014 revealed a 300 percent rise in the overall number of recorded acid attacks. When it comes to dealing with such circumstances, our legal and medical institutions have likewise shown to be inadequate. The only way to end this evil is to take concrete steps. Otherwise, it will be too late, and innocent people will continue to suffer. This paper discusses the causes and effects of acid attacks and the legal provisions and judicial approach to curb acid attacks in India.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 1019 - 1035


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