The Supreme Court's comment on the Centre's inability to frame a policy on the sale of acid, on Tuesday, has reopened frayed wounds for the victims of such attacks and their families. "Seriousness is not seen on the part of government in handling the issue…. Orders could be passed in the next hearing on July 16," the bench said.
For Kirtan Singh, the father of a victim, Amanpreet Kaur, the words remind him of the state government's indifference to his family's plight.
Singh, who has spent Rs 22 lakh on the treatment of her daughter, since acid was thrown on her in January 2011, said: "Of course, there is a need to curb the sale of acid in open market. However, the court should have also issued directions to the state governments and others to ensure speedy justice in such cases and order free treatment of the victim." The family has sold its land and two shops to arrange money for its daughter, after she became the victim of a besotted brother-in-law.
After the incident of January 31, 2011, a lot of hue and cry was made and the district administration had made a claim of Rs 7 lakh for Amanpreet, but no money has been delivered and the family is raising its own resources.
"I have met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, cabinet minister Janmeja singh sekhon, chief parlimantry secretary Saroop Chand Singla, Balwant singh Ramuwalia, Gurpreet Singh Maluka and many other leaders, all to no avail," said Kirtan Singh.