SC curbs acid sale, orders more money for victims

Updated on Jul 19, 2013 10:22 PM IST
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.
HT Image
HT Image
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

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.

To put a stop to the growing number of acid attacks, the Supreme Court on Thursday clamped down on the sale of the toxic liquid and also ordered higher compensation for the victims.

Issuing stringent guidelines, the top court told the government to make illegal sale and purchase of acid a non-bailable offence.

A bench of justice RM Lodha and justice SJ Mukopadhyaya also ordered states to pay Rs 3 lakh as after-care and rehabilitation cost to acid attack victims within two months. Of the money, Rs 1 lakh will have to be given within 15 days of the incident.

“It cannot be overlooked that acid attack victims need to undergo a series of plastic surgeries and other corrective treatment,” the bench said, adding the compensation scheme of 17 states and seven union territories was grossly inadequate.

The order came seven years after Laxmi, 22, an acid attack survivor, moved the court, citing loopholes in the law and inadequate government policies. Her public interest litigation also demanded compensation.

A minor, Laxmi was waiting for a bus in Delhi’s tony Khan Market in 2005 when two men poured acid on her after she refused to marry one of them, leaving her disfigured.

There are no official
figures available but it is estimated there are 1,000 acid attacks a year in India.

The court’s guidelines will remain in place till the Centre notifies its rules and states adopt them. The court has set a three-month deadline for it, asking the Centre and states to undertake necessary changes under the Poison Act, 1919 to make the sale and purchase of acid in violation of the rules a non-bailable offence.

As reported by HT on July 17, the sellers will need a licence to sell acid and will have to maintain a record of sales as well as the buyers. Only a person carrying a government-issued photo identity card with residential address will be allowed to buy acid, which will not be sold to a minor.

Sellers will have to disclose stock to authorities and will be fined Rs 50,000 for undeclared stockpile.

In the aftermath of the December 16 gang rape, the government had amended the Indian Penal Code, making acid attack an offence punishable with 10 years to life imprisonment.

Only licensed shopkeepers will be allowed to undertake the sale of acid.
Sellers must also demand the identity proof, residential address, telephone number and purpose of purchasing acid, from the buyer.

Acid sold in retail must be so diluted that it does not have any corrosive effect on humans.

Shopkeepers will have to maintain a daily record of buyers and the quantity of acid sold.
Acid will not be sold to anyone below the age of 18.

Are you an acid attack victim? Do you know an acid attack victim? Tell us your story

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Bhadra is a legal correspondent and reports Supreme Court proceedings, besides writing on legal issues. A law graduate, Bhadra has extensively covered trial of high-profile criminal cases. She has had a short stint as a crime reporter too.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The Shiv Sena has approached the Mumbai police seeking action against Surve (HT File)

    Rebel MLA asks supporters to attack Shiv Sainiks, video goes viral

    Mumbai Rebel Shiv Sena legislator Prakash Surve has received a lot of flak after a video clip of him asking his supporters to take on Shiv Sainiks and attack them physically went viral on social media. Surve, a two-term legislator from Magathane in the western suburbs, is among those who shifted loyalties to the camp led by Eknath Shinde. The speech was reportedly made at Magathane on August 14.

  • Members from the transgender community after their recruitment into the Chhattisgarth police ‘Bastar Fighters’ special unit. (Sourced photo)

    Chhattisgarh police induct 9 transgender people in ‘Bastar Fighters’ special unit

    The Chhattisgarh police is setting examples in gender diversity after the force recruited nine transgender people in its 'Bastar Fighters' special unit that will be deployed in the Maoist-affected division, officials said on Tuesday. Officials claimed that they received 53,336 applications from seven districts in BBastar of which 16 were from the transgender community, 37,498 men and 15,822 women. Of the 16, nine were selected as constables.

  • For the first time, members of the Muslim and Hindu communities joined the ardas (Sikh prayer) held at Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in memory of the lakhs of Punjabis who lost their lives during the communal riots during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. (HT PHOTO )

    United in grief: Muslims, Hindus attend prayer for Partition victims at Akal Takht

    For the first time, members of the Muslim and Hindu communities joined the ardas (Sikh prayer) held at the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, Akal Takht, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in memory of the lakhs of Punjabis who lost their lives during the communal riots during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

  • A 27-year-old man alleged that Dinesh Kalra and his son assaulted him for objecting to sale of eggs in the prohibited area of Haridwar. (Twitter/ANI/File)

    Haridwar man opposes sale of eggs in prohibited area, BJP worker, son attack him

    The Haridwar Police have booked a Bharatiya Janata Party worker and Dinesh Kalra's son for attempted murder after a 27-year-old man complained that he was beaten with sticks and a screwdriver for opposing the sale of eggs by the shopkeeper, police said. Sale of meat, fish and eggs are banned in Haridwar. Kalra and his son allegedly attacked the complainant with sticks and a screwdriver, Akshay Tripathi. Station house officer at Kankhal police station, Mukesh Chauhan said they were yet to arrest the accused.

  • Picture for representation

    Bengaluru to Hyderabad in 2.5 hours soon through high-speed railway track:Report

    The Indian Railways is reportedly considering building a semi-high-speed track between Bengaluru and Hyderabad for better connectivity between the two IT key hubs in the southern part of the country. This track will be between Yelahanka Station in Bengaluru to Secunderabad Station in Hyderabad covering a distance of 503km. Currently, it takes around 10 to 11 hours for passengers to commute between Hyderabad and Bengaluru by train.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now