Acid violence is an intentional act of using acid to attack an individual. The victims of acid attacks are primarily women, and assailants deliberately target the head and face, mainly to disfigure or blind the woman. Acid has horrifically detrimental effects on the body, which results in blinding and permanently disfiguring the face and body.
Acid Attacks occur for various reasons, some similar to those which underlie the honour-based violence. They occur at times, as a result of disputes between families, and may be points of retaliation. These types of crimes are gendered based crimes, they occur for a variety of reasons : patriarchal societies, vigilantism, lack of education, high levels of poverty etc.
Acid attacks are a worldwide phenomenon that are not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographical location. They occur in many countries in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East, and there is anecdotal evidence of attacks in other regions. In many countries acid attacks constitute a hidden form of violence against women and children that often goes unreported, and the true number of horrific attacks taking place has only come to light after in-depth research.
Statistics of Acid Violence;
According to the Acid Survivors foundation, the statistics in Bangladesh are: 1999 to 2015 – 3244 incidents resulting in 3590 victims
Worldwide approximately 1500 cases of reported acid attacks each year. In reality the figure is much larger as many go unreported.
United Kingdom – 2012 the NHS reported 105 hospital admissions for ‘assault of corrosive substance.’
India –has approximately 1000 reported cases per year.
Pakistan – approximately 300 reported cases per year.
Some reported cases of Acid violence:
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