State govts to bear cost of rehabilitation of acid attack victims: Supreme Court

New Delhi/July 18
In major relief to acid attack victims, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday ruled that state government will have to bear the cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation of victims.
The SC also directed the state government to pay Rs 3 lakh compensation to acid attack case within 15 days of filing of police complaint and made the offence as non-bailable.
The Apex Court also passed an interim order to regulate the sale of acid at retail outlets across the country. From now on, shopkeepers will have to keep a record of acid sale and directed them not to sell acid without seeing the photo Id card of the buyer.
The retailers will have to keep a record of buyers in a register and have to declare the quantity stored by them. The Apex court has entailed a fine of Rs 50,000 on those retailer who didn’t follow these instructions.
Further, medical and educational institutions requiring acid in bulk will have to take permission of Sub-Divisional Magistrate before making the purchase.

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