More than 200 acid victims have not received justice from courts of law, years after they suffered the horrible incidents.
According to the Executive Director of Acid Survivors Foundation-Uganda, Stellah Amony, only three acid victims out of 232 have received justice from the courts of law.
Amony also says that there is an increase in acid cases. She says that in September, the foundation recorded 232 from 224 in May the same year. Amony says that 55 percent of the acid victims are women and children.
Amony attributes the increase to the readily available acid which in turn is used as a weapon. A litre of acid can go for as low as 500 shillings depending on the concentration. She says love relationships are the major causes of acid attacks followed by job relations and land wrangles.
Amony says as a result, the Acid Survivors Foundation has embarked on awareness campaign starting with the districts of Masaka, Kayunga, Mukono, Iganga, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Masindi and Kampala because they have recorded the most rampant cases.
Amony says the penalty of acid attacks should warrant life imprisonment because the effects on the survivors are for a life time and some even attack the survivors when they come out of prison.
Acid Survivors Foundation-Uganda helps acid victims to get the best medical treatment, offer legal support and advice, assist in rehabilitation, education and training.