Justice? What justice? Tackling acid violence and ensuring justice for survivors.

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:35 AM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Acid Survivors Trust International, J. Sagar Associates
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Acid violence is one of the most brutal forms of violence and there are several thousand attacks across the world every year. Legal intervention in the form of legislation specific to the crime has been possible in several countries owing to the advocacy efforts of various civil society organisations and citizen groups. One of the biggest challenges for NGOs and advocacy groups lobbying for better legal structures to combat acid violence has been the
lack of data and information on the efficacy of the laws, the manner in which courts have interpreted the laws and delivered judgments.

This comparative study seeks to address this gap by analysing data from four different jurisdictions – Cambodia, Colombia, India and the United Kingdom – in the hope that it will serve as an advocacy tool for any organisation/individual committed to supporting the cause of the victims of acid violence.