(Persia Digest) - Iranian lawmakers on Sunday adopted capital punishment for those found guilty of acid attacks to prevent such a grave crime from being committed in society.

IRNA reports that according to a clause, approved by 161 votes out of the total number of 245, the perpetrators of acid attacks are defined as responsible for disrupting law and order in society or an act of terror subject to capital punishment and the crime amounts to 'corruption on the earth'.

Acid violence is a global problem, but in some parts of the world, such as South and Southeast Asia the issue is more prevalent.

India has one of the highest rates of attacks: Some 250 to 300 cases are reported annually, according to Channel News Asia (CAN).

In the past, sporadic cases of such attacks were committed in various parts of Iran. Iranian lawmakers in reaction to the call by the victims of acid attacks and public pressure took the measure as deterrence.

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