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SC gives a week’s time to Centre to regulate acid sale

New Delhi, July 11 (): In order to impose a ban on the sale of acid due to increasing incidents of attack on women in the past, the Supreme Court yesterday gave one week’s time to the government to regulate the sale of acid in the country, before the court takes custody of the matter. Since 2006, the Court has been asking the government to regulate the sale of acid.

The court seeking absolute ban on the sale of acid has given one week’s time to the Centre, after five hundred cases of acid attacks were reported annually on an average across the country.

Delhi resident Preeti Rathi succumbed to the injury due to an acid attack just a month back after a man hurled acid on her face soon after she alighted off a train in Mumbai.

A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said, “People are dying, but the government has no worries.”

The Court asked the Centre to think of those people who have been losing their lives, particularly girls who are being attacked frequently across the country.

Before imposing a ban on the chemical, the Court said that it would give some time to both the Centre and the state governments to explore ways to regulate the sale of acid for domestic use. Giving clean instructions to the Centre, the Court said that if a scheme regulating acid sale is not announced by July 16, then necessary orders would be passed by the court.

“Neither the Centre nor the State government have taken the matter seriously,” said the Court adding that this is the last opportunity, failing which the Court will pass necessary orders. The Court also expressed concern over the Centre and the states for not doing enough and asked them to show about the steps taken on the matter.

The apex court also suggested an increased compensation package of Rs 3 lakh for acid victims for treatment and rehabilitation.

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