The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed Punjab to frame a policy that will ensure free treatment for victims of acid attacks,along the lines of one being followed by Haryana. In its policy,Haryana has identified various reputed hospitals for providing free treatment to acid attack victims. Referring to that policy,the High Court has asked Punjab to consider the same and respond by May 8.
The directions were passed by a division bench while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by an NGO Poor Patients Relief Society,through its secretary and lawyer,H C Arora,on behalf of certain acid attack victims of Punjab.
On being pointed out by Arora that the Punjab government has been seeking adjournments and has not so far framed a policy on the issue,the Bench strongly reprimanded the state for its casual attitude in the matter. Victims are not beggars. If you dont frame a policy for them,then this Court can frame such policy, the Bench remarked.
One of the acid attack victims appeared in the court on Monday. Moved,the Bench referred to the victims plight in the order. Also,the Bench impleaded Chandigarh administration as a respondent in the PIL. Arora also alleged that Chandigarh has also not framed any such policy for giving free treatment to acid attack victims,or for their rehabilitation,or for granting them compensation. Chandigarh has been directed to file its response to the PIL.