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Acid attacks: J&K cops told to report on steps taken

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, February 01, 2013
First Published: 00:30 IST(1/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:35 IST(1/2/2013)

The J&K human rights commission (SHRC) has demanded details from the state’s police chief about the steps taken to stop acid attacks on women.

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The direction comes a month after a 30-year-old woman, a teacher, sustained serious burns in Srinagar. The police have given no details about why Reyaz Ahmed Nath, 30, who is in police custody, attacked the woman. But her family members have accused Nath of stalking her for a while.

On Wednesday, the director general of police and divisional commissioners were asked to submit their reports before the SHRC by March 12. A member of the commission said a notice has also been sent to the police officer investigating the case.

Of late, incidents of violence against women have shown a marginal rise in the state. But instances of acid attacks have been rare.

The International Forum for Justice and Human Rights has now urged the SHRC to stop the easy availability of acid. Its petition has prompted the SHRC to demand a report from the government regarding manufacture, storage and sale of acid in the state. The forum wanted the users of acid to be made accountable.


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