The UK now has the highest number of reported acid attacks per person, with 1,800 assaults using corrosive liquid since 2010 in London alone. The number of assaults using acid and corrosive liquids in Britain grew 74 per cent in the most recently recorded year, growing from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. These figures mean Britain is now the nation with the highest number of acid attacks per head, the typical victims of assaults using corrosive liquid are Muslimas.
Pakistan and Bangladesh are the countries most affected by the attacks. But the record number of attacks recorded in Britain may be down to victims having more confidence in the UK justice system than in other countries where these attacks are frequent. In Islamic societies which are still very patriarchal, acid attacks are mostly perpetrated by men against women, for reasons related to a love spat, rejection of sexual advances, or refusal of a marriage proposal.
The majority of acid attacks target women’s faces.The goal is not to kill but to disfigure them, to stigmatize them socially. In Britain however, corrosive liquid has become a weapon of choice in gang warfare, with the majority of attacks carried out by young ragheads.
The use of acid in attacks is not new. Acid attacks were already perpetrated in the 14th century, in Victorian times; it is mentioned in the investigation of Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle or, more recently, in the novel Brighton Rock by Graham Greene.
What is worrying about the attacks, is how they have multiplied in Islam. For Islamic gangs, the use of acid has several advantages. It’s two major draws are that it’s easily obtained at any age in a multiplicity of stores, and that there are no legal controls on corrosive liquid.
It’s an inexpensive weapon that’s hard for investigators to trace. A knife attack will be considered attempted murder, resulting in a heavier penalty. Whereas an assault with acid will be considered as bodily harm and punished with a lighter penalty.
The vast majority of cases never reach trial, with around 74% of investigations having had to be wound down since 2014 due to problems with identifying perpetrators, or Muslimas being unwilling to press charges against ragheads.