A court sentenced Aggarwal’s assailant, Nahim Khan, to 10 years in prison and his accomplice to seven years under the grievous-assault law.
Stalking and harassment
Women’s rights campaigners say acid attacks must be seen as part of a broader pattern of behavior.
“Many of these acid attacks on women are preceded by persistent stalking and harassment by men. Only if the police investigate stalking seriously can we prevent acid attacks,” said Kavita Krishnan, national secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association.
For years , stalking has been dismissed by many Indians as “Eve-teasing,” a euphemism that refers to biblical first woman. Bollywood movies are filled with scenes of heroes harassing women as part of a standard courtship ritual.
“The new laws are good, but what are we doing to address the central question of masculinity that says the woman has no right to say no?” Krishnan asked.
Since March, about 25 acid attack survivors have been meeting regularly at the Stop Acid Attacks office in New Delhi.