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There is no separate statistics for acid violence cases in India till early 2013 because the Indian criminal Law did not recognize it as a separate offence. With the amendment in Indian Penal Code  in February 2013, incidents of acid attack are now being recorded as a separate offence under section 326A and 326B. The first data available after the amendment relate to the year 2014 when 349 cases were reported from all over India. This indicates a steep rise compared to the previous years - 106 in 2012 and 116 in 2013.

The latest figures indcate that earlier estimates of likely number of cases at 100 to 500 per annum made on the basis of past records & comparison with neighbouring countries where similar socioeconomic conditions prevai, were perhaps nearer the truth. With the ammendments in Indian Penal Code, the reporting / classification of acid violence seems to have gained momentum and the official record for 2014 puts the number of incidents of acid violence all over India at 349 . This validates the earlier estimation of 100 - 500 cases every year . 

The Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery of Dec 2007 concluded that in India alone “we would estimate 7 00, 000 to 800, 000 burn injuries annually”. There is a big possibility of such cases being not only accidents but results of opposing and getting burnt. Indian Government statistics also show that an estimated 7000 brides are killed and 18000 are maimed every year in India over dowry disputes alone. We don't have any available data on acid attacks as cases can only be recorded under specific sections of IPC only. Acid attacks  not  being mentioned under any  separate section till 2013, past records prior to that date portray  a blank picture for acid attacks.

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