In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court has ordered states and union territories (UTs) to compensate, rehabilitate and provide free treatment to the survivors of acid attacks in pursuance of guidelines issued by it earlier.
A bench comprising of Justice M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan announced this while dealing with a case of an acid attack victim from Bihar.
The court also ordered the Bihar government to give a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim and provide her free treatment including the reconstruction surgery.
In April this year, the court has also directed private hospitals to provide free treatment, including specialized surgeries, to acid attack victims and also, asked government authorities to take action against them if they fail to comply with its order.
However, a Bihar-based NGO Parivarthan Kendra alleged that private hospitals were not following the order and sought the court’s directions on the same.
The court asked all state governments and Union Territories to take up the matter with private hospitals to ensure that acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately.
The court also said that the hospitals where victims were rushed after an acid attack have to provide a certificate or document stating that the person was an acid attack victim and the document would enable her or him to access free treatment, including surgeries, at a later stage.
Furthermore, the court asked UTs and all states to notify acid as a ‘scheduled substance’ to stop its unregulated sale.