The Stream

Stolen faces of India and Pakistan

The Stream discusses increasing acid attacks and the effectiveness of the laws.

Monica Singh rejected several marriage proposals from her “friend,” so he retaliated by throwing acid at her, melting away features of her face and causing permanent damage. Monica’s story is not unique. Despite new, stronger legislation in India and Pakistan to protect women from this crime, very few cases actually come to prosecution. Some NGOs even say acid attacks are on the rise. So how should these laws be enforced, and will they actually deter acid violence from happening? 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Marvi Memon @marvi_memon
Member, National Assembly of Pakistan

Rahul Saharan

Mohammad Jawad
Reconstructive cosmetic surgeon

Monica Singh @MonicaSingh91
Acid attack survivor

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