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Rash of acid attacks stir calls for change in Colombia

A rash of acid attacks in recent weeks have horrified Colombians, provoking calls for special laws to deter a particularly fearsome form of aggression in an already violent society. For reasons as various as a lovers' quarrel or an argument among neighbors, five people have been attacked in the past two weeks with corrosive chemicals causing serious burns. In the latest case, which occurred Wednesday in the northwestern city of Medellin, the victim, a 22-year-old youth, died.

In wake of attacks, Colombia to regulate acid sales

The Colombian government plans to regulate the sale of acids following a spate of recent attacks that have shocked the South American country. "We have to analyze how to control the sale of such substances so that citizens aren't exposed to irrational and reckless individuals," Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said in a statement. Early this month, a 23-year-old woman was hit in the face during an acid attack. On Sunday, another woman was admitted to a hospital in Bogota with burns to the neck, back, buttocks and legs.

French teacher on trial over Lagos acid attack

A French teacher went on trial Monday on charges of ordering an acid attack on the former principal of the French Lycee in Lagos, Nigeria. Slimane Salhi, 41, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of paying an unidentified man to carry out the 2010 attack, which disfigured the victim and blinded him in one eye. Prosecutors in the Yonne department -- where the victim originates from -- allege that Salhi ordered the attack after the principal informed the French and philosophy teacher that his contract would not be renewed because of his irregular conduct.

Woman dies in India after acid attack

New Delhi, Jul 22 (EFE).- A woman in the central state of Madhya Pradesh died as the result of an acid attack by her lover, an Indian police commander told Efe Monday. The 28-year-old woman was at her parents' home in the city of Porsa early Saturday when the suspect, Yogendra Singh Tomar, burst in and sprayed the victim with acid, police superintendent Irshad Wali said. The woman died in hospital on Sunday, while two female cousins and her grandmother were injured in the attack.

Indian judges order curbs on acid sales after attacks

India's top court ruled Thursday that authorities must regulate the sale of acid used in a spate of attacks on women by jilted boyfriends and others. A panel of Supreme Court judges also said that every victim of such an attack must be "rehabilitated and compensated" by their respective state government. In an interim judgement, the court said each victim should be paid 300,000 rupees ($5,000) as well as have medical costs covered, pending a final ruling on the level of compensation.

Four Indian sisters injured in acid attack

Four sisters walking home in north India have suffered severe burns after being attacked with acid by two men on a motorbike, police said Wednesday, in a brutal example of a growing problem in South Asia. The youngest sister, a 19-year-old student, was admitted to hospital after the attack on Tuesday evening in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh state, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital.

Four Indian sisters injured in acid attack

An acid attack left four sisters in north India with burns, police said Wednesday, in a particularly brutal example of what is a growing problem in South Asia. The youngest sister, 19, was admitted to hospital with severe injuries after two men on a motorbike splashed them with acid on Tuesday evening in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital. The sisters, aged between 19 and 24, were returning home from a government school where three of them work as teachers. The fourth is a student.

Four Indian sisters injured in acid attack

An acid attack left four sisters in north India with burns in a particularly brutal example of what is a growing problem in South Asia, police said Wednesday. The youngest sister, 19, was admitted to hospital with severe injuries after two men on a motorbike splashed them with acid on Tuesday evening in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital. The sisters, aged between 19 and 24, were returning home from a government school where three of them work as teachers. The fourth is a student.

Acid attack on four Indian sisters

Four sisters in north India have suffered burn injuries after two men threw acid on them as they were returning from school, police said on Wednesday, with one victim admitted to hospital. The incident took place in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital, on Tuesday evening when the sisters, three of whom are teachers, were returning home from a government school.

Bolshoi acid attack victim 'will work again': doctor

Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered serious eye damage and facial disfigurement in a horrific acid attack, should recover enough vision to return to his professional life, a German doctor treating him said Friday. "We can say that we hope that Mr Filin will recover to a useable vision that will allow him to go back to his normal life and his professional life," Martin Hermel, an eye surgeon who is treating Filin at a German clinic, said at a news conference.
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