The acid attack on two young British women in Zanzibar has cast a spotlight again on a sinister crime. How often do such assaults happen?
Anyone who throws acid in someone’s face intends to scar them for life.
It is a crime with a marked gender skew. Experts say that women and girls are victims in 75-80% of cases. Of the female victims, about 30% are under 18.
The case of Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, British tourists in Zanzibar, who had acid thrown on their faces, chests and hands, has caused revulsion.
The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet was attacked in January. Now after 18 operations he is still almost completely blind, according to reports.
Another high profile case was that of Katie Piper, who in 2008 was the victim of an acid attack orchestrated by her jealous boyfriend. Since then she has had nearly 100 operations and become a campaigner. . .