Corroded Stagnancy: A Literary Testimony

How to Cite

Alva, N. (2024). Corroded Stagnancy: A Literary Testimony. The Columbia Journal of Asia, 2(2).


This piece navigates the long term post-traumatic impacts of an acid attack victim in India.

In South Asia, the prevalence of reported acid attacks – or the throwing of concentrated acid on another person with the intention to disfigure or kill – remains high, despite strict penal codes against the crime. According to Acid Survivors Trust International, 80% of reported cases globally have been against women. 

I had the privilege of speaking to a remarkable woman who survived one of these attacks. The physical, psychological, and social elements of this work come from her story.