A brave young acid victim has written a moving open letter about the ‘unbearable pain’ and suffering she has gone through since being attacked last month.
Aspiring model Resham Khan, 21, and her 37-year-old cousin Jaleem Muhktar both suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after acid was thrown on them in Beckton, east London.
John Tomlin, 24, of Colman Road, Canning Town has since been charged with grievous bodily harm after handing himself into a police station following the acid attack.
Tomlin showed no remorse as he smiled and blew kisses at his supporters as he appeared in court yesterday.
Miss Khan has said she wants to ensure ‘no one ever goes through the living nightmare I have endured’ after being left with horrific face and neck injuries after the incident on June 21.
In her letter, Miss Khan wrote: ‘I invite you all in once again to reflect upon my 21st birthday. A milestone age for many reasons, we must remember that any opportunity to mark or celebrate the occasion was stolen from me.
‘Stolen in one of the most painfully scarring ways I could ever imagine.
‘My plans are in pieces; my pain is unbearable, and I write this letter in hospital whilst I patiently wait for the return of my face.
‘Currently, I have two main priorities: to make a full recovery and to make sure no one ever goes through the living nightmare I have endured.
‘Since the attack and the vast media coverage, the disturbing rise of attacks using corrosive substances as a weapon has been brought to the public’s attention.’
Miss Khan added: ‘Street gangs are now using these life-changing substances instead of guns and knives. Why are acids the new street weapon?
‘Because corrosive substances are readily available in-store and online for as little as £6.50 and the laws surrounding possession is loose.
‘I cannot sit back whilst others remain indoors in fear of this happening to them. This problem needs to be eliminated. I refuse to allow the country I grew up in to simply get used to corrosive substance attacks. The fear is real. The crime is real.’
She has provided a five-point plan, including asking police to take a tougher approach on corrosive substances and retailers to consider regulation changes.
She also wants harsher punishments for acid attack perpetrators and the possession of corrosive substances without good reason to be punishable.
Finally, Miss Khan wants the Government to impose licensing regulations for the buying of corrosive substances, depending on the concentration levels.
John Tomlin appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent over the alleged attack.
The 25-year-old from Canning Town handed himself in to police on Sunday. He was remanded in custody and told to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 8.