PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s legislature has passed a long-awaited law that makes attacking another person with acid punishable by up to life in prison.
Acid attacks that inflict horrific disfigurement on victims are not uncommon in the Southeast Asian nation. A group that assists victims has recorded 21 such assaults so far in 2011, after counting 40 in 2010.
The lower house of parliament voted Friday to approve the tougher measures. The law now must pass the Senate and be signed by the king, but both are considered formalities.
Kim Leng was victimized three months ago when her boyfriend doused her head and body with acid. The 29-year-old says she is pleased the law passed and hopes it will “frighten the attackers to stop using acid as their weapon.”