Give free treatment to acid attack victims: Apex court

The court further observed that governments should provide Rs 3 lakh financial relief to acid attack victims.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2015 6:33 pm
Supreme Court The court further observed that governments should provide Rs 3 lakh financial relief to acid attack victims.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked all private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and corrective surgeries, to acid attack victims.

The Social Justice Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Uday U Lalit asked all state governments and Union Territories to immediately take up the matter with the private hospitals to ensure that acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately.

Private hospitals have also been directed to issue certificates to such people endorsing them as acid attack victims. The certificate will be issued by the first hospital that an acid attack victim approaches and will be used for claiming future benefits.

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The court further observed that governments should provide Rs 3 lakh financial relief to acid attack victims. On banning over-the-counter sale of acid across the country, it asked all states and UTs to notify acid as a scheduled substance to stop its unregulated sale.

It directed its orders be sent to chief secretaries of all states and UTs for compliance and directed them to publicise it to ensure awareness among the people.

The directive came a day after the Centre told the court that private hospitals were bound to provide not just first aid to acid attack victims and but also free-of-cost treatment. Hospitals refusing first aid or free treatment to such people should be penalised, the central government had told the court.

As reported by The Indian Express on Thursday, the year 2014 had seen a never-before 309 acid attack incidents being reported from across the country. It was almost 300 percent more than the average number of such cases witnessed during the preceding three years.

The years 2011, 2012 and 2013 witnessed a total of 83, 85 and 66 cases having been reported respectively but this number shot up to 309 in 2014 — it is almost four times the average number of acid attack cases in the preceding years.

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    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:01 pm
    Any one attacking another person with acid that causes trauma must be severely punished. Laws of the land must be changed in a hurry to punish any one causing disruption in public life and endangering lives of others including causing pain and suffering. Honorable court is on the right track ordering hospitals to provide free treatment to acid burn victims. This is not enough. Government must be ordered to make strong laws 1. preventing causing damage or harm to any one 2. treating minor as adults if minors indulge in activities intimidating, through acids on others causing burns or any other activities disrupting social norms and behavior 3. putting police force under strict laws in order for them to do what is expected from them. We must understand that democracy does not mean freedom of action causing harm to others.
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      History
      Apr 11, 2015 at 9:23 am
      New laws ?
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