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Acid attacks: Victim rejects meeting with perpetrators

Acid attacks
A woman who was the victim of an acid attack in Koh Kong province in August yesterday rejected a recommendation by prominent acid-attack survivor Tat Marina that perpetrators should work with their
victims after they were released from prison.

Kim Leng, 29, said that disagreed with the suggestion by Tat Marina, who was the victim of a brutal acid attack in the capital in 1999, that perpetrators should work with victims – a recommendation officials did not include in the acid law passed by the National Ass-embly last Friday.

“I don’t need the perpetrat-ors who did that cruel action to me, and also to other victims, to serve me, because they can make me suffer more and I am afraid they will do something bad to us again,” she said.

Kim Leng and her three-year-old son were injured when her 42-year-old former fiancé allegedly threw acid on her following an argument. Police said they were still searching for the suspect.

According to figures recorded by the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, 16 people have been injured in acid attacks this year.

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