I'm a regular reader of Caledonian Comment and found this part of Jim's current post very disturbing. Let me quote you a piece of it:
' In parts of south-east Asia, the south Asian subcontinent and east Africa, acid attacks are common, particularly on women (horrific example above). The Taliban and other extremist groups have frequently resorted to throwing acid on women's faces for even small transgressions, such as daring to go out unveiled.'
There were 69 recorded hospital admissions last year for 'assault with a corrosive substance' (a rise from 44 recorded in 2006-07) and charity workers fear there is anecdotal evidence to suggest acid attacks are becoming more common.
Like Jim, I believe that this behaviour is not to be tolerated in this country and those who use their culture or religion as an excuse to disfigure someone for life should be locked away from society or go to live in a country which finds it acceptable.
Katie Piper still has nightmares and fears her attackers' release. They received 16 years and could possibly be walking the streets again in half that time. She received a lifetime of suffering.
There is strong evidence that female genital mutilation, another despicable 'cultural' practice, occurs in the UK and yet to date no prosecutions have been made. Why are we permitting this abuse to continue when it was outlawed here nearly 10 years ago? According to BMJ there seems to be a conspiracy of silence in medical circles. Is that any wonder when any medic speaking out is punished?