Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia by Sital Kalantry

Feminist research and women’s activism of the past three decades have shattered the common understanding that violence against women is a natural aspect of gender relations and of no concern to law and public scrutiny. The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights officially acknowledged that all forms of violence against women are human rights violations and that States have a due diligence obligation to prevent such violence from occurring, to protect victims, to punish perpetrators, and to provide compensation to those who have suffered from it. Since then, the silence surrounding violence has been broken, and the diverse forms of abuse to which women are subjected have gained greater visibility and public attention.

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