Pictures show Mahmudul Maruf, 17, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, lying in a hospital bed after the attack. His horrific facial injuries as a result of the attack can clearly be seen, with his skin red raw and peeling.
According to Metro UK, the acid was thrown in his face by a 16-year-old girl whose romantic advances he had turned down. The girl and her mother have now both been arrested by police in Bangladesh. Mahmadul’s mother joined him in hospital, where he revealed the horrendous damage caused by the acid attack.
He suffered most of the burns to his face, but also had injuries to his shoulder. Local media reports the boy was on his way home from a night out with friends when he was confronted by the girl. She had allegedly been chasing the teenager for months despite him repeatedly turning her down. After confronting him, she threw the corrosive liquid straight at his face. She was reportedly arrested a day later.
Doctors say it is likely the boy will be scarred for life after entire layers of skin fell off his face.
Bangladesh has witnessed a high number of acid attacks since the 1990s, with more than 500 attacks recorded annually in the early 2000’s.