Shabina Begum's story
Shabina’s Fellowship enabled her to investigate possible solutions to the issue of low conviction rates for perpetrators of acid attacks.
Shabina travelled to Sri Lanka, Cambodia and India, countries which are at very different stages in their battle against acid violence. She met with legal and medical professionals, Human Rights activists and NGOs, as well as interviewing a number of burns survivors. The overall aim of her Fellowship was to look into acid violence as a global issue, in particular the suitability and form of any legal response, with a focus on any such applications to the UK.
Following her travels, Shabina has focussed on raising awareness of the problem of acid violence. She has spoken at several events and was invited to present her journo-documentary, The Many Faces of Acid Violence, at the Feminism in London conference in October 2013. Her core message is that the UK needs to start responding to acid violence as a specific phenomenon, rather than categorising it as GBH or attempted murder.