Almost 40% of the acid attacks were reported to be committed against men in 2020.

Who does the law protect?

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

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The law on acid attack protects all persons, regardless of their gender. Further, there are no specifications in the law in terms of the age of the survivor. Therefore, an acid attack, whether carried out on a person of any age is punishable under the law.1 The law also protects foreigners who are survivors of acid attack if it happens in India.2

  1. Sections 326A and 326B, Indian Penal Code, 1860.[]
  2. Section 2, Indian Penal Code, 1860.[]

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