The Supreme Court on Monday ordered stricter measures to stop the sale of acid and urged state governments to consider including acid attack victims in the disability list to grant them benefits.
Observing that the situation does not seem to improve despite periodic directions from the court, a Bench comprising Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice C Nagappan said, “Henceforth, a stringent action must be taken against those erring persons supplying acid without proper authorisation and also the authorities concerned be made responsible for failure to keep a check on the distribution of acid.”
It pointed out that apart from the physical pain, an acid attack victim also faces social stigma and fewer job possibilities.
The court passed the order while directing the Bihar government to pay Rs 10 lakh to an acid attack victim, besides providing her free treatment including reconstruction surgery. The victim had suffered 90 per cent burn injuries on her face and 30 per cent on other parts of the body after a group of men threw acid on her for spurning them. The victim’s sister was also injured.