Compensation Fund for Victims of Acid Attacks
The Ministry of Home Affairs has moved a proposal for creation of Central Victim Compensation Fund including compensation for the Victim of acid attacks. ****
As per the provisional data furnished by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 309 number of acid attacks cases have been registered during the year 2014 across the country.
Several interactions were held with States/UTs to discuss various directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on W.P.(Crl) no. 129/2006 - Laxmi vs UoI and other related matters. Accordingly an Advisory was issued to all the States/UTs titled ‘Measures to be taken to prevent acid attacks on people and for treatment and rehabilitation of survivors’ dated 30th August, 2013 with the objective to prepare Rules as per the provisions of the Poisons Act 1919 in accordance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s guidelines to check easy availability of acids and also rehabilitation of the victims. An affidavit has also been filed in the Supreme Court by most of the States/UTs.
Many Advisories had been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the State/UT Governments to safeguard the interest of the Citizens and to protect them from various crimes and to efficiently handle the case in a time bound manner. All these Advisories are available in the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Link: www.mha.nic.in.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Shri T.Rathinavel in the Rajya Sabha today.