The Central government has submitted its guidelines to regulate the sale of acid to the Supreme Court. As per the guidelines, none will be able to buy acid a photo ID proof. Also, shopkeepers who sell acid need to get a licence to sell it.
The guidelines come after the Supreme Court hauled up the government for not having done enough to check the sale and purchase of acid to curb the incidents of acid attacks. The Apex Court had given asked the government to draw up the guidelines, by July 16, failing which the court would draw up the necessary regulations itself.
The court had also asked the government to give details of how it was helping the victims of acid attacks. Four such victims had also met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and presented their plea. What had angered the court was that the lack of a clear definition of "acid attack" under the law had led to difficulties. The Court order to the government had come during the hearing of an acid attack case in which Laxmi, a victim, had filed a PIL asking for a new law. The PIL requested changes in the existing laws for effective handling of the offences and the compensation issue. The PIL had also asked for a total ban on the sale of acid at the retail level.