Colombia passes new law for those who commit acid attacks

Posted on November 27, 2015 • Filed under: Colombia, Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Social Issues reported Colombia’s Senate has passed a law which will impose harsher sentences on people who have committed acid attacks. Anyone convicted of harming another with a chemical agent will now serve between 12 and 50 years in prison. In Colombia, an estimated 100 people per year are attacked with acid, but so far only a handful of perpetrators have been convicted. Under the new law, those who “use any type of chemical agent” to hurt someone will be jailed for between 12 and 20 years, but the sentence can increase to up to 50 years in prison for those who permanently disfigure their victim. Read Article

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