Slamming the Centre for failing to frame a policy to curb sale of acid in open market and rehabilitate acid attack victims, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a week’s time to the government failing which it said it would pass an order.
“People are dying, but you are not worried about it. Think of people who are losing their lives every day. Girls are being attacked everyday in different parts of the country,” said a bench headed by Justice RM Lodha while hearing a 2006 petition of an acid attack victim seeking ban on the sale of acid. The PIL also seeks stricter punishment for acid attackers and a rehabilitation scheme for victims.
The petitioner’s counsel Aparna Bhat said despite the PIL, Centre and state governments remain insensitive on the issue. “If it was taken seriously, recent incident of a girl’s death in Mumbai due to acid attack could have been averted,” Bhat said.
Though the recent amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have increased punishment in acid attack cases up to 10 years, the government has remained silent on the policy to curb acid sale and victims’ rehabilitation.