Five days after the start of a string of horrific acid attacks against four women in Takasaki, a city two hours from Tokyo, police have arrested a man they they say is responsible for one of the attacks and is suspected in the other three. All four women had been shopping when they suddenly found that their legs or feet had been splashed with acid thrown by an unknown assailant. The horrifying assaults come at a time when acid attacks against women are actually on the rise worldwide. Women are commonly targeted for their physical beauty and often the perpetrators are jealous or vengeful men. India has a long and sad history of these kind of attacks, where women’s faces are splashed with acid and left disfigured. The attacks occur all across the globe, however. According to the Acid Survivors Trust International, around 1,500 people are attacked with acid every year.
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