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Updated: July 17, 2013 01:51 IST

‘What have you done in acid cases?’

J. Venkatesan
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a big relief to political parties.
The Hindu The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a big relief to political parties.

Considering the increasing incidents of acid attack across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that it would pass appropriate interim directions on Thursday to regulate the retail sale of acid.

A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and S.J. Mukhopadhaya, hearing a writ petition filed by acid attack victim Laxmi, asked Solicitor-General Mohan Parasaran and counsel Aparna Bhat to give draft suggestions for the consideration of the court to issue the directions.

During the resumed hearing Justice Lodha told Mr. Parasaran that “it [acid attack] is happening every day. Even today we read in newspapers about an incident in Delhi. What have you [Centre] done.”

The SG said subsequent to the orders passed on April 16 the Centre convened a meeting of the representatives of the States on April 18 and 22 and this was followed by another meeting on July 10 [after the July 9 order]. He said the options for regulation of retail sale of acid were discussed and it was noted that acids were widely used in households, vehicles for batteries, offices, laboratories as well as for commercial use necessitating retail sale.

Mr. Parasaran said Model Rules — the Poisons Possession and Sale Rules, 2013 — under the Poisons Act were framed and proposed to be sent to the States for adoption. He said since Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka and Kerala already formulated statutory rules to regulate sale of acids, the Model rules would be applicable to rest of the States. The Rules provide for possession of licence to sell acids.

Counsel Aparna Bhat suggested that only those with ration cards should be allowed to purchase certain specified quantify of acids from a licence holder.

To a question from Justice Lodha whether the States were agreeable to implementing the Model Rules, Mr. Parasaran replied in the affirmative.

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Does banning the acid to be sold in local and street shops is all that you think will stop from those mental beings from commuting this cruelty.
What about punishment to them ?

Here an example.
There is a kid who shun to do his homework as once reaching back home, he will tune in to TV and is addicted to it. In order to make him do his work, his parents removed the TV from home.

But still the kid will not care to complete his homework.

But a week later, the Class teacher started punishing those all kids who didn't completed their work, for whatever reason.

Now this kid despite of TV back in house, ensures that his does do his homework in order to escape the punishment.

This analogy might not be as appropriate, but message should be.
Please, Please, Please Honorable Supreme Court try to understand that the intensity of seriousness you pass any rule, isn't received in same spirit and sense with those who are supposed make it follow, or who disobey it.
This is high time to be heard.

from:  Varun Jaiswal
Posted on: Jul 18, 2013 at 14:20 IST

It is amazing that it is so difficult to get denatured spirit for
furniture polishing while concentrated acids are easily and freely available even in some grocery shops!

from:  P M Vishwanath
Posted on: Jul 16, 2013 at 21:30 IST

Thanks to judicial activism

from:  Ram Krishan Saran
Posted on: Jul 16, 2013 at 21:10 IST
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