The punishment of seven years’ imprisonment for a man who was found guilty of attacking a woman with acid does not commensurate with the severity of the crime, according to the victim herself who will appeal to the district court for a harsher judgement.
The 23-year old woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend with a corrosive substance on May 22 last year in Thanbyuzayat township, Mon State.
On March 31 the township court sentenced the man to seven years’ imprisonment under Article 326.
As a result of the attack, the victim suffered deformities to her eyes, ears and face, as well as the right side of her body, according to Akhaya Women Myanmar, the organisation that has been helping the victim with her medical treatments and trial case since the attack.
Daw Win Win Khaing from Akhaya Women Myanmar said that the organisation will help the victim to send the appeal to the district court at the end of April.
“The punishment is not fair for the victim. Since the attack happened in May of last year, now it is almost one year, but the girl still has to endure all kinds of medical treatment,” she said.
The victim has been operated on three times in Myanmar and once in Bangkok. Her second operation in Bangkok is scheduled for May this year, where it will focus on her nose, lips and correction for her eyesight.
“It is very difficult for me. I don’t dare go out to the living room if there is any guest in the home,” the victim told The Myanmar Times.
“Whenever I see my friends having fun outside, I also want to have that kind of happiness but I can’t yet,” said the girl, who requested to be unnamed to protect her privacy.
She added that the seven-year imprisonment sentence didn’t make her feel that there was justice, considering the suffering she has endured until this moment and also which she will be facing in the future.
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