Get Inspired, Be Empowered Forums Gender-based Violence Why we still haven’t been able to stop acid attacks against women?

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    Acid attacks are some of the most brutal and horrible assaults that a person can endure. And sadly in India, it’s all too common. From small towns to big cities the rise in the attacks have been steadily increasing in recent years. And while records show a certain number of reported attacks, the grim reality is that the number is much, much higher. The truth is that a lot of acid attacks go unreported because of the social stigma of all the involvement of a family member. A lot of times because of lack of medical facilities the person dies right after the attack. Other times The attacks conceive because the woman doesn’t want to implicate her husband or any other family member who was involved in the attack. Acid attacks stem from a mentality that says, “if I can’t have her, no one else can”. So normally about 4-5 years ago, acid attacks were predominantly a women-centric crime. It means that it was a form of gender-based violence. But over the years we have seen an alarming friend growing that people are starting to use acid as a weapon, and I believe that’s because it’s so easily available. It’s extremely cheap and it’s a cowardly act to commit. For a long time, it was assumed that acid attacks are higher in rural areas because the access to acid is much higher. But the access is quite easy even in urban cities. A common motive for the acid attacks back then and today is envy and jealousy. Astro attacks go back hundreds of years, dating back to at least the 1830s. In India unlike the west the majority of the survivors are women and The attacks are very closely linked to gender discrimination. Indian women are charged based on appearance and when this starts happening the attacker believes that if destroys her appearance he is going to destroy her standing in society. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening because we as a community do not understand disfigurement.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    In India, the cases of acid attack are increasing day by day despite of having strict laws and punishment. Most of the women goes through acid attack because of hatred or revenge. Most common reasons of girls and women acid attack is denial or rejection for marriage proposal, jealously of women’s success, refusing men’s decision. Government need to take strict action against such people. Criminal should must get punish in that period of time than only other culprit will get scared and will think before of doing anything wrong against women. In some cases, their are people who can’t handle rejection like if a girl rejects the marriage proposal than she will become the victim of acid attack. Women who goes through with acid attack it becomes challenge for them to have proper medical treatment. Because their are very limited government specialized burn hospitals the victim of acid attack don’t get affordable hospitals for their treatment. In rural areas the cases are more because of the mentality towards girls and women. Their should be NGO’s in villages to protect and give treatment for girls and women from acid attack. There many cases are not reported of acid attack victims because attackers are mostly from family members and due to social stigma. Acid attacks victims mostly dies because of not getting proper medical treatment which leads to lack of medical facilities. The reason of increasing cases of acid attack because the acid are easily available in the shops. To prevent acid attacks their should not selling of acids in market such as sulfuric, nitri and hydrochloric acids. There is movie called chhapaak that inspires lots of acid attack survivor to fight back in this situation. And take stand against wrong by being strong. Society need to support women who suffers from acid attack instead of staying quiet.

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    Initially, in February, the Supreme Court requested that Parliament control the sale of acid and promised to make its own directives public if the government failed to comply on Tuesday with the 16 July deadline. Hydrochloric acid, used as a cleaning solution, can burn through the human flesh but for approximately 33 cents is accessible in any general shop. The court issued a rigorous judgment criticizing the negligence of the government to regulate the sale of acids, after hearing a complaint from a victim of an accident attack. “The government’s seriousness in dealing with this matter is not shown,” declared the Supreme Court. This verdict is made two months following the loss of injuries in Mumbai of 23-year-old Preeti Rathi. As a nurse a stranger splashed acid on her face in the heart of a train station, Rathi had just relocated to the town. Following those events, the failure of the government to respond was further examined. “Men die, but you’re not concerned about it. “Men die. Consider folks who lose their lives every day. Girls in various sections of the country are attacked every day,” says the Supreme Court.
    Law is the first step, but women’s rights groups feel societal change is necessary to eliminate the country’s acidic attacks. In addition to better laws, India needs to change cultural changes, which can come only from ‘concerted grassroots actions, educational initiatives, etc., and democratic participation in which women’s rights are recognized and implemented as equal citizens. Jay Shah of the executive director of the Acid Survivors Trust International. If India succeeds in regulating the sale of acids, attacks similar to Bangladesh may decrease, but more struggle is required to break cultural norms that promote such attacks. Such evil in our society should be curbed by some rigorous measures. Otherwise, it will be too late, and innocent animals on this globe will remain without their fault. In the current society, the authors would discuss several façades, legal remedies, and compensations for acid attacks.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Acid attack is one of the most brutal and very wrong assaults which are done by humans they should not be called human because they do not have humanity, most of the victims of the acids are innocent women,
    it is the lifetime punishment for any woman you are playing with someone who will never forgive who is doing this. And, sadly, we are still not able to get control of it. How much mentally it affects the women, we need to ban the selling of acid. There is not strict punishment for the culprit, because there is no fear people mind to bring this we require a strict punishment and second thing this in our country someone files a case against this the decision of the court does not come easily it took many years to punish the culprit, by the time the person is very freely roaming and obliviously fees of lawyer are very hefty some people could not afford to pay this much so they have ended their fight in the middle way so I want to request our judiciary to please speed up judgment and take the decision. Also, we need to strict security in on streets this assault happens mostly when there is very less crowd on street and roads during the night or in the afternoon we need to keep police for patrolling or made something using which will give the signal to the local when something wrong happening which will inform the local police. We need to create awareness in society that doing this is crime and family needs to keep a check on home their daughters and sons social circle are they not in the influence of the wrong circle. also as responsible citizens of the country, we need to show support o the victim of acid attack in every possible way.

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    Acid attack is one of the most heinous gender based crimes in India. As per the national commission of India Acid attack is the act of either throwing acid or using it with the malafide intention of causing permanent or partial damage to the victim in form of disfiguration of the face or any other body parts of the victim
    Although Acid attack has been criminalized in India still there are instances which show that the case’s are rising day by day. Section 326A of the Indian penal code lays down the punishment for this offence which is ten years or life imprisonment as the case may be and for attempting the said offence a person is punishable with 5-7 years of imprisonment and fine, here the victim of the acid attack is also compensated with three lakh rupees.
    After the case of Lakshmi vs. Union of India it was laid down by the honourable Supreme Court that acid should not be Sold to anyone who is below the age of majority that is 28 years and also a photo identity proof was mandated for the purchase of acid. Despite these guidelines there still are people who deal in illegal purchase of acid which results in increased cases of the same.
    The main reason is also that many steps taken by our government are only bon papers and there is no implementation of the same on ground level had it been so there would be reduced incidents of acid attack in India which are alarmingly increasing.

    Afshan Iqbal
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    More than370,000 cases of crimes against women were reported in 2020, as per theGovernment of India. In 2021, there was a 30 per cent rise in complaints of crimes against women. These are not just statistics, this is an eye-opener for all of us that should alarm us about the crimes that women are facing against them which increase every day. There are many instances of violence that go unreported in India. So just imagine the rate of crime against women in India. Cases of acid attacks are all-time high in India and there are so many cases where the culprit doesn’t get the deserving punishment. Acid attacks have catastrophic effects on victims. They cause severe bodily pain and life-long psychological trauma by shattering their primary physical/social identity in an instant. It is estimated that three acid attacks occur in India every week. And yet the acids used in these attacks are readily available in corner stores, despite the Supreme Court urging Parliament to introduce a plan for regulation. What is been done to stop acid attacks? The simple answer is nothing. The Supreme Court initially asked Parliament to regulate the sale of acid in February and has promised to release its own orders if the government fails to meet the July 16 deadline laid out on Tuesday. Hydrochloric acid, which is used as a cleaning solution, can burn through human flesh but is available at any general store. Due to lack of education and the fearlessness of culprits, acid attacks are increasing. Victim-blaming is also a point for increasing acid attacks. In Bangladesh, those charged with committing an acid attack are eligible for the death penalty, and the sale of acids is strictly regulated. Here in India, we are simply doing nothing and acid attacks will rise if we don’t take the necessary actions but the government is blind-eyed.

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