SC issues notice to Centre, states on PIL seeking rehabilitation of acid attack victims

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and all states on a Public Interest Litigation seeking a direction for increase of remuneration and immediate jobs, relief, medical infrastructure and other rehabilitation measures to acid attack victims.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on the PIL filed by lawyer Ajuja Kappur.

The apex court in its 2015 judgment had given a direction to the states to consider acid attack victims in the disabled category for jobs.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there were 200 cases of acid attacks on women in 2016 alone, but NGOs have pegged it around 500-1000 across the country.

The NALSA scheme for the victims, which is binding on the states, mandates Rs 7 lakh compensation in case of disfigurement in acid attack.