Nudged by the Supreme Court,the Centre on Tuesday adduced before the court the draft rules for regulating the retail sale of acid so as to curb the menace of acid attacks.
The draft rules,framed under the 1919 Poison Act by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Chemical and Fertiliser,contained provisions on forbidding the sale of acid to anyone below 18 years of age and also mandating the seller to keep records of persons purchasing acid. A license holder shall not sell any poison to any person,unless the latter is personally known to him or identified to his satisfaction by producing a photo identity card which has his address or substantiate it with a document giving his address… he shall not sell any poison to any person who appears to him to be under the age of 18 years…, stated the draft rules.
Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran read out from the draft rules before a Bench led by Justice R M Lodha,who had earlier blasted the government for its laxity in taking measures to regulate the sale of acid as number of acid attacks were on the rise.
Parasaran told the court that the draft rules had adequate provisions on licences for possession and sale of acid,besides requiring the licence-holder to maintain a register to keep a record of the customers.
The Bench was satisfied with the draft rules but noted that many states had yet to be consulted.