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Acid Violence in Pakistan

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This paper will examine the historical context and patriarchal patterns of belief that make violence against women in Pakistan not only possible but a crime which largely goes without punishment, often despite the existence of laws that advocate otherwise. It will focus on the recent debates regarding domestic violence in Pakistan and, specifically, on acid violence, which is a relatively recent type of violence against women. The paper will illustrate the devastating, life-long physical and psychological effects of an acid attack, especially in the absence of justice. It will examine the measures taken by various parties to curb the phenomenon and conclude with recommendations.


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