The worrying spate of acid attacks in London has forced scores of acid attack survivors to demand harsher punishment for attackers and tougher measures to buy corrosive substances.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons supported the campaign on Friday, the same day two teenage boys earlier threw acid at five people in east London – leaving one victim with life-changing injuries.
“An attack like this could happen to anyone,” Khan’s online petition to “prohibit the purchase of acid to those without a licence” on change.org read. “It is about time that the law changes for the purchase of corrosive substances – right now you can buy it easily from any hardware store if you are 18 and over.
“Corrosive acids like sulphuric acid are very lethal and life damaging substances. You should only be allowed to purchase corrosive substances with a licence to buy. The person purchasing should go through checks so their details are held on a database or hold a licence.”
A yet-to-be-named teenager has been arrested by cops in London in connection with the five acid attacks.
According to a statement by the London Metropolitan Police; “A male, in his teens has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. He is currently in custody at an east London police station.”