Research

BVS-Nepal is constantly updating its information on the burns issue, whether it be caused by accident or violence.

Of particular concern is the issue of Acid Burn Violence (ABV) and our research will enable us to improve our advocacy on behalf of the survivors.

In turn, BVS-Nepal has been collecting information from hospitals, newspapers and other stakeholders on ABV. During the UNIFEM and DFID UK project, BVS-Nepal has developed two baseline studies which have provided some clarity about the issue.

Acid and Burn Violence in Nepal - A Situational Analysis - Report 2011  

Baseline Survey on Acid and Burns Violence against Women and Girls - Report 2015  

Advocacy

Nepal’s new constitution abolishes all forms of discrimination which include gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, creed or faith based and enshrines the right to physical and mental wellbeing of its citizens. Nonetheless, given Nepal’s complex social structure, physical abuse of women and children continues to take place. The majority of burns violence is perpetrated by a family member, neighbour or guardian for reasons including dowry demands, inability to provide a male heir, allegations of witchcraft or an extra marital affair.

BVS-Nepal is working collaboratively with Forum for Women Law and Development (FWLD) to advocate for changes in the law as it relates to burns violence.  Our organisations are filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at the Supreme Court.  Current legislation is inadequate and yet this issue has far reaching impact on a major constituency in Nepal and as a consequence reaches the threshold that enables the PIL to be filed.

With the co-operation of public service providers and other stakeholders, legislation relating to burns violence is being enforced to ensure there is justice for the survivor and public attention is drawn to the issue. Efforts are also made to ensure all survivors are aware of their basic rights.

Existing Situation and Legal Provisions related to Acid and Burn Violence- Report 2012