New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will wait for the Centre and the state governments to explore ways to regulate sale of acids for domestic use before it imposes a ban on the chemical, being increasingly used to attack women.
Expressing displeasure that the matter has been pending for seven years, a bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said the apex court will consider banning sale of acids for domestic consumption if the state and the Central governments do not come out with a scheme.
The bench, also comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, was hearing a PIL filed in 2006 by Delhi-based acid attack victim Laxmi, who was then a minor. Her arms, face and other body parts were disfigured in an acid attack.
The court was concerned with the gravity of the offence of acid attacks and the increasing frequency with which they are happening. "Matter has been pending for seven years," it said. "Acid attack is a serious offence and is happening quite regularly," the bench said, while posting the matter for further hearing on July 9....more
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Against the backdrop of acid attacks that claimed the lives of two young women, Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday said it will take steps to control and regulate sale of the chemical. "A Bill (in this regard) will be moved during the coming Budget session of the state Assembly and adopted," Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in a statement here. ...
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