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Feb 06, 2013 at 12:39pm IST

SC raps Centre and states on acid attacks, asks for concrete action

New Delhi: The Supreme Court came down heavily on the Centre and state governments on Wednesday on the menace of acid attacks and the plight of the victims of such dastardly crime. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the steps taken by the Centre and state governments in dealing with acid attacks.

The apex court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha asked the Centre to take concrete steps to deal with such cases and to increase the compensation for acid attack victims. The apex court also directed the Centre to call a meeting of all chief secretaries and Union Home Secretary to deal with the issue of banning the sale of acid, rehabilitation, treatment and compensation to acid attack victims.

The court also asked the Centre to consider if the sale of acids could be banned while hearing a PIL which was filed by an NGO in 2006. In 2006, an NGO Lakshmi filed a PIL pleading that acid attack should be made a separate offence and states should bear the treatment cost of acid attack victims.

The Central government told the court that they have amended the IPC and made acid attack a criminal offence by introducing Sec 326 (a) and (b). The Centre had also informed the court that steps were being taken for the rehabilitation of victims, but the court was not satisfied.

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