Nepal toughens penalties for acid attacks ~ #REUTERS:

Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari ratified two ordinances aimed at curbing acid attacks in the country, allowing the new legislation to come into force. This new legislation also provides for compensation for victims of up to one million rupees (approximately $ 13,500).

In addition, cases of acid attacks may benefit from prompt processing. The sale of acid will also be prohibited to those under the age of 18 and sellers will have to keep track of any buyer.

“My dream has come true,” exclaimed Muskan Khatun, a 15-year-old who was herself attacked with acid in September 2019 on her way to school by two young people who had been harassing her for months. She is still being treated for burns to her face, chest and hands.

The attack sparked outrage in Nepal and sparked calls to toughen laws cracking down on acid attacks passed in 2018. Muskan Khatun was received about this in September by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

“It is a crime that haunts you for life, I hope no one else will suffer such attacks from now on,” she added.

The authorities must implement the legislation and “ensure that retailers become aware of it so that the crime is avoided,” activist Ujjwal Bikram Thapa stressed.

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Source: Reuters-VOA.

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