Centre asked to frame law to deal with acid attacks

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to take up  the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Amendment Bill dealing with acid attack cases during the Winter Session of Parliament, saying that it was of grave offence where victims suffered the trauma in every moment of their lives.


A bench of justices R M Lodha and A R Dave also directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to convene a meeting of chief secretary of each state to regulate the sale of acids as its easy access had worsened the situation.

The court also told different states and union territories to file their affidavits framing some schemes for relief and rehabilitation of the acid attack case victims.Additional Solicitor General Mohan Prasaran, appearing for the Centre submitted that the bill inserting Section 326 (A) and (B) in the Indian Penal Code making acid attack as separate offence would be tabled in Parliament.

Following his submission, the court urged the Centre to place the bill in the winter session.

“Acid attack is a serious offence. A victim undergoes the agony and trauma every minute of his or her life,” the bench said.

Advocate Aparna Bhatt, appearing for Laxmi, a minor girl, whose body parts were disfigured in acid attack in 2006 submitted that out of eight states, Haryana had framed a model scheme for rehabilitation of the victims which included provision for corrective surgery, whereas other states had provided for inadequate compensation.

The bench directed all remaining states to file their affidavits within eight weeks through their chief secretaries detailing the scheme framed by them for proper rehabilitation of the victims.

With regard to sale of acid, Parasaran said that it was a state subject.

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