SC Notice To Centre, States In PIL Which Said Acid Attacks On Rise As Orders Not Being Complied With
The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and states on a public interest litigation which alleged that its orders issued in 2013 and 2015 pertaining to curbing acid attacks and timely grant of relief and compensation were not being followed
“We are issuing notice”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra told petitioner and lawyer Anuja Kapoor.
Quoting some statistics, she claimed that there were 1189 cases of acid attacks between 2010 and 2016, a shocking high number even after the
SC orders. She contended that “open sale of acid was going on in the market without any control”.
SC had earlier ruled that a photo identity card containing residential address issued by authorities concerned would be required for purchasing such substances which in any case cannot be sold to a person who is below 18 years.
She urged that the Supreme Court should not spare any state which is not implementing its earlier orders in dealing with acid attacks on women and not providing timely relief and compensation.
“The procedures involved for release of the compensation and medicl treatment are very tedious lengthy and tiresome even after there are various guidelines and laws for the same”, she argued.
“It is the need of the hour to hold accountable and liable the above said respondents for not complying with the guidelines and the orders of the SC”, her petition said.
- Issue a writ/order or Direction in the nature of mandamus issuing the notice to the respondents and concerned authorities for compliance of the guidelines and various laws pertaining to acid attack victims.
- Issue a writ/order for direction for one window operation which could facilitate help and assist acid attack victims for their survival and rehabilitation
- Issue a writ/order or Directions to increase the minimum compensation amount of Rs 3 lakhs as ordered by SC for acid attack victims
It is to be noted that the SC had in November 2015 issued show cause notices to the chief secretaries of all several states explain why contempt proceedings shall not be issued against them.
In a bid to curb acid attacks on women, SC had directed in 2013 directed that acid attack be made a non-bailable offence and had enhanced to Rs three lakh the compensation amount for the victims.
It had also said that out of the compensation amount of Rs three lakh, Rs one lakh will be paid within 15 days of bringing to the notice of the state government the occurrence of the attack.