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Into The Abyss: Understanding Acid Attacks Beyond Surface Scars

Anandita Srivastava, National Law University, Jodhpur


The article delves into the harrowing landscape of acid attacks, unveiling the complex layers of this egregious crime. Tracing its roots through history, it examines the modern surge, attributed either to globalization or heightened reporting. Highlighting the gender-centric nature of these attacks, it exposes the deep-seated patriarchal norms that often fuel such atrocities. The piece scrutinizes the egregious violation of human rights that acid attacks represent, delving into the profound, life-altering impacts on victims’ physical, mental, and social well-being. It explores the systemic gaps in legal frameworks, citing the deficiencies in the law that failed to address the severity of the crime. The article assesses judicial trends, emphasizing the evolution in considering both visible and invisible damages in sentencing. Moreover, it unveils the shift in jurisprudence post-landmark case of Laxmi v Union of India, which spurred legal amendments and stringent regulations to curb acid availability. It also discusses the critical role of fair compensation, rehabilitation, and stringent punishment in delivering justice. Finally, the article advocates for societal integration, education, and empathy as crucial instruments in combating the stigma and isolation faced by survivors, emphasizing the collective responsibility in reshaping a future devoid of such egregious violence.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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