SC Questions Five States’ Apathy in Acid Attack Victim Aid

SC serves MP, J&K, Kerala, Karanataka and Mizoram govts with contempt notice for non-execution of earlier orders.

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An acid attack survivor. (Photo: Reuters)

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, questioned five state governments for ignoring its orders to respond to its various directives to help acid attack victims.

A bench comprising Justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan has asked the Chief Secretaries of Kerala, Karnantaka, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir to respond to the contempt notices before the next hearing on September 23.

The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Bihar based NGO, Parivartan Kendra, seeking the court’s direction on the rehabilitation of the victims.

Earlier Supreme Court Orders

Earlier, the court, which had passed a slew of directions on the issue, had given two weeks more “as a last chance” to certain states for filing counter affidavits.

  • The Supreme Court had asked the private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment – including medicines and reconstruction surgeries – to acid attack victims.
  • Asked the State and Union Territory governments to take up the matter with private hospitals.
  • Asked states and UTs to ban off-the-counter sale of acid across the country.
  • Hospital should provide a certificate to an acid attack victim.

The apex court had sent the orders to all the state and UTs’ Chief Secretaries, who in turn, had to ensure it reaches the District Magistrates.

(With PTI inputs)

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