Ho Chi Minh City finally requires acid buyers to present IDs after many attacks

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A chemical shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Doc Lap/Thanh Nien A chemical shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Doc Lap/Thanh Nien

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Ho Chi Minh City has tightened the sale and purchases of dangerous chemicals with a new rule that requires people to show IDs when buying acid to prevent vicious attacks.
The city officials said at a meeting Monday that chemical vendors have to ask for buyers’ IDs and inform local police for surveillance.
Otherwise, the vendors will also have to take criminal responsibility if the buyers use the acid to commit a crime, they said.
Acid attacks are not rare in Vietnam where chemicals can be easily bought in large amounts. They have been used often in crimes of passion, usually love revenge, in which a quick splash can leave the victims with severe physical and psychological trauma.
Victims and legal experts have been calling for law enforcement officials to clamp down on the acid trade and change the laws so that the vicious chemical attacks are treated as attempted murders rather than assaults.

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