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More than £50,000 has been raised for an aspiring model and her cousin who were scarred in an acid attack in east London.
Resham Khan was with her cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, when the pair were attacked by a man who allegedly threw a substance through their car window.
The pair were celebrating Ms Khan’s 21st birthday when the attack took place in Beckton on June 21.
A GoFundMe page set up in wake of the attack has raised a total of £56,325 for the pair, with Ms Khan having received an outpouring of support on social media.
She has backed a petition for the government to introduce licensing for the sale of corrosive liquids and acid.
Both Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar suffered life-changing injuries in the attack.
Mr Mukhtar said the attack left him “emotionally wrecked” and “in continuous pain”.
In the letter supporting the petition, Ms Khan said: “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 added: “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.”
John Tomlin, 25, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday having been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.
He grinned from the dock and blew kisses to well-wishers in the public gallery as he was led away.
Mr Tomlin, of Colman Road, Canning Town, east London, had handed himself in to police on Sunday.
In March, the Met Police revealed the number of reported acid attacks in London climbed from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016, a rise of 74 per cent.
The data, seen by the BBC, revealed that almost a third of these attacks were carried out in Newham and that victims are twice as likely to be male than female.
East Ham MP Stephen Timms is leading a debate into the problem of acid attacks in Parliament on Monday.
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