New Delhi: Expressing serious concern over the rising number of acid attacks on women, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the states to implement its guidelines on free treatment and rehabilitation of acid attack victims.
A bench of Justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation to a Dalit girl from Bihar, whose face was burnt in one such attack, and said these assaults were rampant and very traumatising. “In consideration of the severity of the victim’s injury, expenditure with regard to grafting and reconstruction surgery, physical and mental pain, etc., we are of the opinion that the victim should be compensated to the tune of at least Rs 10 lakh,” the bench ruled.
“We have come across many instances of acid attacks across the country. These attacks have been rampant for the simple reason that there has been no proper implementation of the regulations or control for the supply and distribution of acid. There have been many cases where the victims of acid attack are made to sit at home owing to their difficulty to work. These instances unveil that the State has failed to check the distribution of acid falling into the wrong hands even after many directions by this Court in this regard,” it noted. Henceforth, stringent action must be taken against those erring persons supplying acid without proper authorisation and also the concerned authorities should be made responsible for failure to keep a check on the distribution of acid, it said.
The court directed all the states and Union Territories to consider the plight of acid attack victims and take appropriate steps with regard to inclusion of their names in the disability list so that government jobs can also be offered to such victims. “Suffice it to say that the compensation must not only be awarded in terms of the physical injury, we have also to take note of the victim’s inability to lead a full life and to enjoy those amenities which are being robbed of her as a result of the acid attack. Therefore, this court deems it proper to award a compensation of Rs 10 lakh,” the bench said.
The court also expressed its displeasure over the fact that only 17 states have notified the Victim Compensation Scheme. Of them, seven states and four Union territories have not even initiated the process for rehabilitation of acid attack victims.
“Even in those states where the compensation scheme has been implemented, a meagre compensation ranging between Rs 25,000 and Rs 2 lakh is provided for medical care. And many states have not provided any compensation for rehabilitation at all,” the court said.
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