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'Accused must pay for acid attack victim's treatment'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 04, 2013
First Published: 20:40 IST(4/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:42 IST(4/3/2013)

It has been suggested to the Punjab and Haryana high court that while granting bail to criminals involved in acid attacks, the courts concerned should incorporate the condition of making substantial payment by the accused for the victim's plastic surgery and other treatment.

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The suggestions came from advocate HC Arora during resumed hearing of a bunch of public interest litigations seeking framing of suitable guidelines for dealing with cases of crimes against women in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. After taking the suggestions on record, the division bench headed by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri reserved the judgment for issuing guidelines.

Arora informed the court that it was not practically feasible for an acid attack victim from a poor or middle-class family to bear the expenses of plastic surgery, generally amounting to Rs. 25-30 lakh.

He also suggested that trials of all cases involving crimes against women must conclude within one or maximum within two months after the presentation of challan, and the trial court should not grant bail to the accused till the case is decided, except in exceptional circumstances.

It has also been suggested that in case the victim approaches the trial court with a complaint that she is still being harassed or threatened by the accused, the trial court, while taking such complaint seriously, should immediately cancel the bail of the accused.

The high court has also been requested for issuance of directions that non-compliance of any of the directions issued by the HC shall be treated as contempt of court and any victim, public-spirited person or an NGO shall be entitled to file a contempt petition in such cases.

It has also been suggested that the government must provide martial arts training to all girls for boosting their morale and preventing eve-teasing, as such training is given to all girls in Korea.

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