SHRC Seeks Report On Acid Attack Deterrents

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SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought details from the government on measures taken to prevent acid attacks.

In notices to the state police chief and the divisional commissioners of the two provinces, the SHRC has also sought a report on the storing, sale, and distribution of acids in Jammu and Kashmir.

Coming in the aftermath of an acid attack earlier this month in the Parraypora quarter of upper Srinagar, the order was issued in response to a petition filed before the SHRC by human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.

The next hearing of the plea has been slated for March 12.

A young woman, working as a teacher in a private institution, was seriously injured on January 2 when an assailant splashed acid on her face.

Even as the victim, with significant damage to an eye, was subsequently shifted by the PDP to a top-flight Delhi hospital for reconstructive surgical procedures, the attack had sparked off outrage across Kashmir, with the administration cracking down on private coaching centres to streamline their functioning.

Over the years, Parraypora has emerged as a hub of private coaching centres, and used to be teeming with students, male as well as female, and loiterers hanging around in the neighbourhood.

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