Acid throwing

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Acid throwing victim, Cambodia

Acid throwing or vitriolage is a form of violent assault.[1] The attackers throw acid at their victims. Usually they throw it at their faces. They want to damage skin tissue, even to expose and to dissolve the bones.[2] The consequences of these attacks include blindness and permanent scars of the face and body.

In India, the number of acid attacks have been rising.[3] There had been 68 acid attacks in Karnataka alone (of which Bangalore is the capital) since 1999. These are only the cases that have been reported.[4] Unlike India, Bangladesh has introduced the death penalty for throwing acid and laws strictly controlling the sales of acids since 2002.[5] An important role for the introduction of that legislation had the Acid Survivors Foundation.

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  1. Karmakar, R.N. (2003). Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. Academic Publishers. ISBN 8187504692.
  2. Swanson, Jordan (Spring 2002), "Acid attacks: Bangladesh’s efforts to stop the violence.", Harvard Health Policy Review 3 (Spring 2002): 3, http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~epihc/currentissue/spring2002/swanson.php, retrieved 2008-06-18
  3. India's acid victims demand justice, BBC News, 9 April 2008
  4. Acid test for Indian society, The Guardian, July 29th 2008
  5. Roland Buerk (28 July 2006). "Bangladesh's acid attack problem". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/world/south_asia/5133410.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-14.

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