Melting Faces, Shattering Lives: The Impact of Acid Attacks on Society and its Socio-Legal Effects

  • Pranjal Sahu
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  • Pranjal Sahu

    Student at SVKM's Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai, India

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The researcher has talked about acid attacks and highlighted the plight of acid attack survivors. There has been a growing concern regarding the increase in the incidences of acid attacks. This study talks about the definition of acid attacks according to various organizations, causes of acid attacks, causes of acid attacks, post-attack life victims of acid attacks, and its socio-legal aspects. Using a cross-sectional analysis, this study analyses the incidences of acid attacks and various case laws regarding them. There have been developments and amendments in legislation concerning acid in the past years. This study critically analyses them and sees whether they are effective on the ground or not. The major causes of attacks include refusal to propose marriage or sexual favors, patriarchy prevailing in society, cheap availability of acid, and considering beauty as the sole feature of women. The researcher has referred to different works and pointed out sufficiencies and deficiencies. The researcher pointed out some suggestions for preventing the attacks and making the existing laws more effective.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, Page 3179 – 3189


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