Causes and Consequences of Acid Attacks on Women: A Case Study of District Lahore, Pakistan


The current qualitative study explores the psychological, economic, social and cultural aspects of acid attacks on women in District Lahore. The study aims to investigate the causes of acid attacks as well as their consequences which have become serious threat of our society. Purposive sampling is used to approach 10 respondents (married and unmarried females). Their age ranged from 15-35. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted to collect the data. An interview guide is used for semi-structured interview which was prepared after literature review. Thematic analysis was done through all transcribed data of interviews. Major themes which emerged were physical and psychological violence. However, occurrence of eternal trauma and social isolation has also been found. The findings showed that most of the respondents who had faced one type of violence had faced other form of violence too. Findings are the contributing source in community awareness programs.

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Samra Azam, Bahauddin Zakariya University Lahore Campus, Pakistan

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Conference: ECCS2014
Stream: Sociology

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