Acid Attacks Under Ipc

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ACID ATTACKS UNDER IPC : AN ANALYSIS INTRODUCTION Acid attacks are a form of violence against women, where the perpetrator splashes a person or object with acid in order to deface or kill them. Although acid throwing, also known as vitriol age, has been a form of violence known to be committed throughout history, there has been a steep rise in the cases documented in recent years, particularly in certain South Asian countries. Some of this increase has been attributed to better documentation of cases and also to the fact that victims of attacks have begun to report an attack more often. However, there appears to be a substantive increase in the number of acid attacks that are being committed in recent times due to various factors.…show more content…
"Acid attacks are among the gravest of offences and require a separate and stringent categorization in our law. The case is pending with the Supreme Court," says advocate Aparna Bhat, who has been pursuing a writ petition in the SC on behalf of a victim, Laxmi, who was attacked in 2006. It was during this case that the Law Commission prepared a report proposing "a new Section 326A" be inserted in the IPC to specifically address hurt by acid, which would impose a jail term from 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 10 lakh. The report points out that acid attack victims needed multiple treatment, psychological counselling and often involve prohibitive medical expenses. It stated that existing provisions are not broad enough to cover these various injuries and gave huge discretion to courts to decide upon appropriate judgments. "Existing provisions do not specify to whom the fine should be awarded," it points out. The NCW went a step further and suggested that the Centre set up a National Acid Attack Victims' Assistance Board, which would not just foot medical expenses of victims but also provide them with much needed counselling. Both commissions insisted on making acid a scheduled banned chemical which should not be available over the counter. "The particulars of purchasers of acid should be recorded," said the Law Commission. There are

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