Issues And Challenges of Acid Violence In India
Issues And Challenges of Acid Violence In India: A Comparative Study Regarding Before And After Enactment Of Criminal Amendment Act, 2013
Stuti Chowdhury, University Of Calcutta*
Deformation of body parts, paralysis, ostracism, permanent blindness with excessive pain of burn injuries and psychological pressure in an orthodox society of Southeast Asia makes a simple happy life of a person unbearable. For decades both men and women have become the prey of acid attack. Though it is not a specific gender based crime because acid violence is an international phenomenon, which is not restricted to any religion, race , gender, caste or geography. The pain which a person has gone through due to this violence is unimaginable. But now where CEDAW ( Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) through its Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 has taken a step forward then India with other countries has also followed its steps towards preventing this crime which already has touched a milestone within 2014 by raising a PIL in the case of Laxmi v. Union of India (2014 ) 4 SCC 427 . In this paper the reason of acid attack and it’s continuous progress in India and what measure has been taken by legislatures to curtail that progress has been brought in focus. With that about the applicability and effectiveness of those provisions of law whether is fruitfully giving result or not with a comparative study regarding the other countries’ steps for prohibiting this heinous crime has been discussed in details. Despite amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code and stringent punishment for acid attack, sell of acid has not stopped this is a critical issue so this paper will also deal with this aspect.
* She is pursuing LL.M from University Of Calcutta.