ACID ATTACKS ARE ON THE INCREASE, THEY MUST BE STOPPED, START TREATING ACID ATTACKS AS ATTEMPTED MURDER & GIVE TOUGHER SENTENCES TO THE THUGS WHO CARRY OUT THESE ATTACKS
There has been a huge increase in acid attacks over the past few years. Vice recently broadcast a documentary about the increase in acid attacks in London. Within this documentary, a young man can be seen boasting about acid attacks and claiming that he wouldn’t give a second thought to carrying out an attack on another person.
It goes without saying that this crime is one of the most disgusting and heinous of crimes. The problem is, the thugs who carry out these despicable crimes, know that the consequences for their actions are very minor and that they are unlikely to receive a tough sentence.
This past week it was reported that a delivery driver was sprayed with acid during an attempted burglary. In the same week, the media reported about a young woman, who was sprayed with acid by her estranged husband.
The damage acid attacks cause to their victims is life changing. Each and every day, these victims must wake up, look in the mirror and have a constant reminder of what has happened to them.
These attacks will not stop, they will continue to increase, simply because our government is failing to give tough sentences to those who carry out these awful attacks.
Change.org are currently running a petition requesting life sentences for those who carry out acid attacks. I personally feel this is the correct punishment for anyone who carries out an acid attack, it is nothing short of attempted murder; the victims have to live with the after effects of these attacks for the rest of their lives, so it only feels appropriate that life sentences are given to the perpetrators of these crimes.
There is an additional petition calling for the government to change the laws on who can purchase corrosive liquids. The petition requests that corrosive liquids only be sold to those who have a license and just cause for purchasing these liquids.
New legislation is clearly needed to stop these awful attacks from happening. Only when our government get tough with sentencing and start treating these crimes as attempted murder; will see a decrease in acid attacks.
Please consider signing one of the petitions above, these attacks need to stop and only through social action and campaigning can we bring about change.