Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The government will soon finalise a bill to provide monetary compensation to victims of acid attack for their treatment and rehabilitation. The bill will also ensure exemplary punishment to perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Addressing a workshop convened by the National Commission of Women to discuss amendments to the Dowry Prohibition Act and the issue of acid attacks on women, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said the accused must bear all expenses on treatment and rehabilitation of the victim.

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Expressing concern over the reported lack of employment opportunities for such victims, she said her Ministry would approach corporate houses and other industrial organisations to consider their appointment on a priority basis as part of their social responsibility.

Ms. Chowdhury said the bill to check sexual harassment at workplace was also being finalised and would soon be placed in Parliament. The Dowry Prohibition Act must be implemented effectively and an awareness drive must be launched to check misuse of this law.

Her Ministry was also in touch with the External Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs to ensure protection of women employed or married abroad.

Her Ministry would also take up with all concerned Ministries the issue of mandatory mention of the mother’s name along with the father’s in all official forms where parent’s signatures were required.

The signature of the mother should be considered enough for all purposes. In cases where either of the parents was to sign, the option should be left to the adult child to get it signed by the mother or the father.