LONDON: More than £55,000 has been raised for two victims of an acid attack left with life-changing injuries.
Resham Khan was celebrating her 21st birthday with her cousin Jameel Muhktar when acid was thrown at them through their car window in Beckton, east London, on 21 June.
A total of £55,953 has been raised and Ms Khan has backed a petition due to be sent to the home secretary calling for acid sales to be restricted by licence.
John Tomlin, 24, has been charged.
A GoFundMe page was set up in the wake of the attack with the aim of reaching £30,000.
Ms Khan, a business management student at Manchester Metropolitan University, has also received messages of support on Twitter, with some calling her an “inspiration”.
— Angie Vredeveld (@angie_vredeveld) July 11, 2017
In a letter, she explained why she supported the petition, which has gained more than 360,000 signatures, calling for a change in the law.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.
“I refuse to allow the country I grew up in simply to get used to corrosive substance attacks.
“I can’t dwell on the past but what I can do is help build a better future, one without attacks like these.”
Assaults involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012.
On Monday, East Ham Labour MP Stephen Timms is leading a Parliamentary debate on acid attacks.
He said: “I will press ministers to consider licensing the sale of corrosive liquids to combat the surge in acid attacks.”