Rise of Acid Attacks in UK
Acid attacks are on the rise in Britain. British Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to review lax laws that let those guilty of carrying such attacks out get away almost unpunished for these crimes. The number of reported assaults involving acid and other corrosive substances across the UK has nearly trebled in just four years .
The latest wave of acid attacks hit London on a single day in July, when five men were assaulted over a 70-minute period. Many of the attacks so far have been connected to Islamophobia, reflecting a steep rise in hate crime attacks against Muslim communities. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a review by the government on tougher punishments, adding that those found guilty should "feel the full force of the law."
But acid attack victim Adele Bellis, who was badly injured after being attacked with sulphuric acid in 2014, is one of many victims who has been critical of the light punishment for those who commit these crimes. The man who attacked her was released from prison after serving just half of his jail sentence of four year and four months. He definitely hasnt served long enough. The justice system is rubbish, she said, adding that she did not feel she has had justice. I think he should have been in prison for more than 10 years.
Authorities have reported a fresh attack involving corrosive substance in the United Kingdom, the second such incident in a matter of days and another sign that violent crimes are rapidly surging in the country