By Sarah Champion:
The recent horrific attack on Resham Khan in London has shone a spotlight on the rising trend of using acid to disfigure targets of violence. London is now the acid attack capital of the UK, with hundreds of instances reported in recent years. Around the world, there are approximately 1500 acid attacks every year — and 80 per cent of these are aimed at women.
Women and girls are the target of acid attacks primarily as a form of revenge. Some of the most common reasons they have been targeted include refusing marriage proposals, refusing sexual advances, or trying to escape forced marriage.
These attacks happen around the world, including Bangladesh, Colombia, Uganda and, increasingly, the UK.