The government is developing software to help regulate the sale of acid as part of efforts to stop acid attacks across the country, home minister Rajnath Singh has said.
A total of 310 acid attacks were reported last year, with Uttar Pradesh alone registering 186 cases, Singh said during question hour in parliament on Tuesday.
“We are developing a software in connection with regulation of acid sales; it is under process,” he said.
All states have framed model rules to regulate the sale of acid and the issue is regularly monitored by the Union home ministry. “If any state has not done so, we will again send an advisory,” singh said.
Besides Uttar Pradesh, other states that reported large numbers of acid attacks were Madhya Pradesh (53) and Delhi (27). A total of 208 people were arrested across the country in connection with acid attacks.
Minister of state for home Haribhai Chaudhary said states had been directed to ensure that acid is sold only to people aged above 18 and to maintain a register of sales.
Any person who refuses to treat an acid attack victim can be punished with imprisonment of up to a year. First aid must be provided free of cost to victims and the minimum compensation for them is Rs 3 lakh.