The SC today slammed the Centre for not being "serious" about framing a policy to curb sale of acid to prevent acid attacks. "People are dying, but you are not worried," the court commented.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to frame a policy for free medical treatment and rehabilitation of acid attack victims keeping in view the recommendations made by the National Commission for Women (NCW) to the Centre.
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.
While there are no official statistics of such attacks in India, it is estimated that there are as many as 1,000 acid attacks a year in the country. The frequency and gravity of acid attacks call for a preventive and punitive policy right now.
Eight years after she became a victim of an acid attack, Laxmi talks about her fight for justice with Hindustan Times.
In a bid to give voice to acid attack victims who face discrimination on a daily basis, Alok Dixit has launched ‘Stop Acid Attack (SAA) campaign’. The campaign which began with just a handful of people now has volunteers from across the country. Mohit Sharma reports.
Once a bubbly and fun-loving girl, 17-year-old Prerna Gandhi, a Class-12 arts student at DAV School here, has turned a recluse since the acid attack on her on June 18, 2011.
Shopkeepers will soon need a licence to sell acid and a buyer will have to submit a photo identity card to purchase it. These are among the various steps the Centre listed in front of SC with an attempt to check acid attacks on women. HT reports.
The Supreme Court on Thursday will pass an interim order on regulating the sale of acid at retail outlets in market across the country.
The Supreme Court today directed states and union territories to frame rules to regulate sale of acids and other corrosive substances within three months and make acid attack a non-bailable offence.
India passed a new law in February following the Delhi gang rape case which also ciminalises acid attacks. The law defines acid attack as a separate Indian Penal Code offence and proposes punishment of not less than 10 years to a maximum of life imprisonment for perpetrators and fine that could go up to Rs.10 lakh.
For long, Laxmi lived in dark despair but today she has moved on from being victim to survivor and is the face of a fierce campaign against acid attacks, writes Harinder Baweja.
IPC was amended after Justice Verma panel's recommendation that acid attack be treated as a standalone offence with minimum imprisonment of 10 years extendable up to life term and fine for the guilty.
It’s a long, hard road to recovery for the acid attacks victims. Integral aspect to the treatment is psychological counselling to deal with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Rhythma Kaul reports.
For long, Laxmi lived in dark despair but today she has moved on from being victim to survivor and is the face of a fierce campaign against acid attacks, writes Harinder Baweja
. Laws against acid attacks