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Updated: February 7, 2013 00:51 IST

Hold all-States meet on sale of acid, Supreme Court asks Centre

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Students of Delhi University standing frozen to the spot in various poses. It is a silent protest to highlight the trauma and injustice that acid attack victims continue to live with, near Palika Bazar in New Delhi. Photo V.V. Krishnan
The Hindu Students of Delhi University standing frozen to the spot in various poses. It is a silent protest to highlight the trauma and injustice that acid attack victims continue to live with, near Palika Bazar in New Delhi. Photo V.V. Krishnan

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to convene a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories in six weeks for evolving consensus on regulation of sale of acid to prevent acid attacks.

A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha, J. Chelameswar and Madan B. Lokur gave this direction to Additional Solicitor-General Mohan Parasaran, who told the court about the progress made at an earlier meeting. The Bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Laxmi, a victim of acid attack, in which a plea was made to regulate the sale of acid across the country.

Mr. Parasaran said Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Mizoram, Odihsa, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal had issued notifications for a victim compensation scheme, and the other States were also asked to adopt it.

Mr. Parasaran said the Home Secretary had requested the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to examine the feasibility of setting up an expert group to consider the possibility of enacting legislation for banning free sale over the counter.

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In India we have a trend that whenever something wrong happens whether
its murder, theft, dacoity or rape cases etc, we goes all out to make
commissions, laws to go for more stricter laws and punishment but nobody
cares about conditions which forces someone to go to an extent of
committing such an heinous crime. Its time we rise from the medieval
thinking to progressive thinking by going through the bottom of the
problem and find out what steps are necessary to diminished the evils
present in our society.

from:  Chetan
Posted on: Feb 7, 2013 at 00:10 IST
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