Acid Attack Wife Charged, Imprisoned

A 26-year-old woman who allegedly disfigured her husband’s face and body in an acid attack Tuesday has been charged and sent to pre-trial detention in Banteay Meanchey province, police said Thursday.

Tor Rachany is accused of pouring half a liter of strong acid over her husband, Hak Ay, 41, after a domestic dispute in their home. 

“We charged her with intentional violence using strong acid and she has been sent to pretrial detention after the judge made the decision,” said Long Cheap, Banteay Meanchey provincial court deputy prosecutor. Bun Tol, chief of the serious crime unit in Banteay Meanchey, said that Mr. Ay is in a stable condition at Serei Saophoan Referral Hospital.

“His face is seriously injured and he cannot talk, but he will not die,” Mr. Tol said, adding that Ms. Rachany said she had paid a motodop to buy the acid for her. In mid-2013, in a bid to bring to an end horrific acid attacks, a new law came into effect regulating the sale, purchase, storage, transportation, packaging and use of all strong acid.

Under the law, attackers can be imprisoned for 20 years or more should the victim be disabled, while persons selling acid without a license can also face fines and jail.

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