Acid attack leaves two sisters scathed in Bihar
- In October 2012, 4 assailants had attacked girl named Chanchal while she was sleeping.
- The attackers had "poured acid on her face and body – some of which fell on her sister lying nearby - and then stayed back to "enjoy" as both girls shrieked with pain."
- When rushed to the hospital, the doctors did not arrive till the next morning for treatment.
SC gives directives to aid acid-attack victims
- The 2012 Bihar attack had made the SC issue several major directives to states towards helping acid-attack victims.
- This included ordering all hospitals to give free treatment, including expensive reconstruction surgeries and medicines.
- Moreover, the court had asked all states and UTs to notify acid as a "scheduled substance" to stop its off-the-counter unregulated sale in the country.
Bihar announces ₹1 lakh compensation for acid-attack victims
- Bihar government offered a helping hand to women who suffered from acid attacks by making a promise of medical compensation up to ₹1 lakh from the Chief Minister's fund.
- This was determined at a gathering of the state cabinet which was chaired by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
- This decision came as a shock to victims who claimed that this compensation was 'unfair'.
A shocking 309 acid attacks in 2014
A report published in April 2015 declared that in 2014 there had been 309 cases of acid attacks, a 300% increase from the previous 3 years (2011, 2012 and 2013 witnessed 83, 85 and 66 cases respectively).
4 states under SC scanner for aid-victim negligence
- The governments of 4 states were asked by the Supreme Court to justify why a contempt procedure should not be launched against them for neglecting to "submit a comprehensive programme for the rehabilitation and treatment of acid attack survivors."
- The states in question were Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh, who were given a fortnight's time to reply to the contempt-of-court notice.
SC asks NGO to file contempt case against hospitals
- The SC directed a NGO to register a contempt case against the hospitals and other officials who were not complying with the Supreme Court directions "on providing free treatment to acid attack victims."
- NGO Parivartan Kendra had sought the court's injunction on rehabilitation of acid attack victims, alleging that private hospitals refrained from providing free treatment to the victims.
Compensation allotted to acid-attack victims
Most states in India offer a maximum compensation of ₹3 lakhs to the acid attack victims.
SC 'appalled' at Bihar government's acid-attack compensation
- The SC rebuked the "appalling" way the Bihar administration had handled the case of the Dalit acid attack victim by providing inadequate compensation.
- SC directed Bihar government to pay ₹13 lakh to the victim.
- SC directed the government to include acid attack victims in the social justice ministry's disability list. They will gain access to government welfare programmes, reservation in jobs and education schemes.