After the recent surge in acid attacks against Muslims, calls have been made to limit the purchase of acid in the hopes of reducing these crimes.
One call in particular has come from a petition that was started by Sarmad Ismail, a graduate from London, UK calling for licensed purchases of acid.
He took to instagram to thank people for the support so far.
In the petition statement he writes:
“Acid attacks have become rife in London and all over the United Kingdom. This year the number of attacks doubled. Too many families and individuals are suffering and falling victim to this grievous and criminal act.”
The petition has been signed by over 430,000 supporters almost reaching the it’s target of 500,000 signatures.
IKnowBro spoke to Sarmad to find out how he wants the licensing to work. He believes that there needs to be “some sort of deterrent” for would be attackers so that they are “put off” by carrying out acid attacks.
“Purchasing corrosive substances should be licensed just like you would for a gun in this country, as it can ruin a life.”
He believes that there should be tougher sentences for perpetrators and more awareness made of the dangers of such substances.
If you want to support the licensing of purchasing acid, sign the petition here: