No sale of acid without identity card, compensation hiked for victims
The Supreme Court has directed states and union territories to regulate the sale of acids and other corrosive substances within three months.
It stated that acid should be sold only to people who show a valid identity card.
The buyers should also have to explain why they need the chemical and sales will have to be reported to the police.
This is being done in order to reduce the acid attacks on women. An average of thousand such attacks occur every year.
The court has also directed them to make acid attack a non-bailable offence.
Other directives include that the acid attack victims are paid a compensation of at least three lakh rupees by the state government concerned as an after-care and rehabilitation cost for victims.
A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha gave these directions.
Text: Sify News Desk (with PTI inputs)
Image: A victim of an acid attack