18 Jan '11, 8am

Bangladesh launched a crackdown on the sale of nitric & sulphuric acid after a rise in their use in attacks on women.

DHAKA - BANGLADESH has launched a crackdown on the sale of nitric and sulphuric acid after a rise in their use in attacks on women, an official said on Tuesday. Anyone selling acid must be registered and provide full records of all sales - including the names of people who buy the corrosive substances - to the government, commerce secretary Golam Hossain told AFP. 'The laws have always been there, but they were not strictly enforced. We have summoned all acid importers and traders to the ministry and told them to strictly adhere to the laws,' he said. 'We won't tolerate any unauthorised sales or lax enforcement of the law. Our aim is to make sure that acid does not fall into the hands of the wrong people,' he said. Acid attacks are common in Bangladesh in disputes over dowry payments or in cases of unrequited love, in which spurned suitors try to disfigure the women who re...

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