In the past few years acid attacks in Britain, particularly in London, have shockingly increased into the thousands. This is an unprecedented development in modern society where repulsive criminals are resorting to acid throwing on their victim, as an easily accessible way of potentially killing their victim. The acid can completely disfigure the victim’s face, destroying skin tissue and dissolving bones, leading to a life time of psychological/mental, physical and social problems. Recently, in East London, cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar were attacked by a man when they were simply at a traffic stop, completely destroying the lives of two ordinary people going about their lives. Mukhtar, while in tears stated that his life will ‘never be the same again’. The victim believes he was attacked for his ‘race or religion’, and gives a heartbreaking statement on Channel 4 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_X6WlSthsY&t=47s
This goes to show what potential religious, racial or personal tensions within someone can amount to, and is a heartbreaking cost to pay for considering that the regulation of acid sales can and MUST be monitored. Sulphuric acid can easily be bought online for a few pounds, and is readily available in some stores. And the chilling fact is that it can be bought without a license nor questioning. This is being taken advantage of by those with ill intentions to potentially kill someone. It’s crazy that something so lethal can be bought without any form of license indicating why they would need such a chemical because let’s face it – it’s not on the shopping list of the everyday customer.
This is unheard of in a developed nation. But what people need to also understand is that while it is a widespread problem in South Asia, as a gender based/revenge crime particularly towards woman who reject marriage/sexual advances, there are many cases across the world and in the UK, many males have been victims, with perpetrators and victims of all races. The point is that where acid is readily available without a license, the free pass is given for sick minded individuals of any kind to commit this crime as a more easily accessible means of satisfying their agenda as opposed to a knife or gun. These attacks are inhumane and require decisive action to prevent them. One person damaged physically, mentally and socially is one too many. The law must be changed.
Sign this petition to help make this a reality: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-prohibit-the-purchase-of-acid-to-those-without-a-licence