India Promises to Curb Acid Attacks

An article recently published in the Lancet presents promises of India to curb acid attacks. Such attacks against women by stalkers or jilted lovers are not uncommon in India, but this one made headlines as it came barely a week after the country’s Supreme Court asked the government to take stern steps to curb acid violence. The government has assured the court that acids will be treated as poison and brought under the control of the Poisons Act. Easy and cheap availability has made acids a potent weapon in the hands of perpetrators. Acids used in industrial processes and jewelry making are sold in open markets and are used for other purposes such as toilet cleaning. In addition to costs, the health-care system is not geared to handle cases of chemical burns. Most attacks take place in rural area and smaller towns, which do not have specialized burn units or isolation wards. A policy of zero-tolerance against acid attacks, strict regulation of sale, and a generous rehabilitation package for victims would go a long way towards meeting the challenge posed by acid attacks.

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