Acid Sale: SC Calls For Legislative Checks

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SRINAGAR: In the wake of rising acid attacks, the Supreme Court of India has called for effective legislation to regulate the sale and distribution of liquids coming under the category.

The apex court has also directed the union home secretary to convene a meeting of the chief secretaries of all states and union territories for strong administrative and legislative checks on the misuse of acids.

In an order issued by Justice RM Lodha, the union home ministry has been asked to direct all states and union territories to frame an effective policy for the rehabilitation of acid attack victims.

A separate squad should be set up by all states to check the misuse of acids, Supreme Court has said.

In a hearing recently, the additional solicitor general of India told the Supreme Court that the central government had already amended Indian Penal Code to include acid attacks as a serious crime.

Pertinently, on a petition filed by HR activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, the State Human Rights Commission of Jammu and Kashmir has sought details from the government about regulatory mechanism governing the sale and distribution of acids here.

Untoo had filed the petition filed shortly after a young woman was seriously injured in an acid attack in the Parraypora area of Srinagar.  

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