Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments and Union Territories to frame rules for regulating sale of acid by March 31, 2014.
A bench led by Justice RM Lodha has also sought response from all the state governments for providing free treatment to acid attack victims, including the cost of plastic surgery
The court gave a four-month extension after counsel Aparna Bhat said that except for Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry, no other state or union territory had taken any steps to frame rules to regulate the sale of acid on the lines of the model rules framed by the central government.
Taking into consideration a few recent acid attack cases, the apex court further asked the chief secretaries and administrators of states and Union Territories to direct the police for making it compulsory to inform the sub-divisional magistrate concerned whenever such incident takes place.
The SDM will then probe how the corrosive substance was procured.
The court asked the central government to send copies of the scheme to the chief secretaries of all state governments and union territories.
It also said that if any other state was providing free treatment to acid attack victims, then a copy of that policy too should be sent to state governments.
The chief secretaries of all states and administrators of union territories have been asked to give their response by April 15, 2014.
The apex court had on July 16, 2013 issued detailed directions to all state governments and union territories to frame rules within three months for regulating the sale of acid.
Acid attack survivor gets job in SC
An acid attack survivor, who lost her vision in the incident, will soon join in the Supreme Court as its employee.
Anu Mukherjee was selected two months ago as a Junior Court Attendant at the initiative taken by Justice Kurian Joseph who is one of the three apex court judges hearing the matter relating to acid attacks.
"In my initiative, this job was given to her. I just came to know about the plight of this girl from media two months ago and I took the initiative," Justice Kurian Joseph told a news agency.
"I thought what little I could do from my side not as a Judge but as a human being. I substituted my daughter or my sister in her place and that`s how I responded," he said.
Mukherjee was a dancer in a dance bar till she was attacked by a man in 2004.
(With PTI inputs)