A charity and an acid attack survivor have criticised a new wave of pranksters for faking acid attacks, filming it and putting the footage online.
During these ‘fake acid attacks’, which have emerged on Instagram and most recently YouTube, the attacker squirts the victim with harmless liquid, pretending it is acid, and films their reaction.
Moped thieves have also used the tactic in order to disarm victims and attempt to steal their belongings.
Arya Mosallah, 22, has been criticised by an acid attack survivor after posting a video earlier this month of himself throwing liquid on passers-by, pretending it was acid.
The YouTuber, who has over 600,000 subscribers to his channel, filmed the pranks in London, where acid attacks have been prevalent over the past year.
Resham Khan, who was attacked with acid by a stranger while out celebrating her 21st birthday, said: “I cannot believe this is where we are at. To have a life that lacks to such a degree that for YouTube views you’d put someone through the panic and dread of an acid attack. Immature and disgusting, childish and pathetic, sad and unfortunately all too real.”
She addressed the prankster, asking him: “How dare you try to make light of the pain and emotional trauma that comes from acid attacks.
“You will thankfully never experience what it feels like to have your skin melt away, but I tell you now it is agonising and is not funny.”
The charity Victim Support spoke of the emotional trauma victims can suffer from these fake attacks, and how that can be increased by the fear of it being posted online.
A spokesperson said: “The effects of fake acid attacks should not be underestimated – this type of attack can be intimidating and leave victims feeling extremely shaken.
“Knowing that the footage of their attack could be online could lead to further distress for victims.”
The Metropolitan Police said the prank could lead to an arrest. A spokesperon commented: “The Metropolitan Police Service has been made aware of a man carrying out stunts that may cause alarm or distress to members of the public and lead to a police response that could end as a waste of police time. Should police be called to any such incidents, consideration will be given to any possible offences committed and could lead to arrest(s).
“The Met is not currently aware of any allegations being made to police and there have been no arrests. We would advise anyone who is a victim of this man’s irresponsible behaviour to contact police.”
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