Mahila Cong demands setting up of Board for acid attack victims

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) Expressing grave concern over increasing incidence of acid attacks on women, the All India Mahila Congress today endorsed the NCW demand to set up a separate Board that will ensure medical treatment, psychological counselling and legal support to victims.

In a memorandum to Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chaudhury, ALMC President Prabha Thakur and members said such attacks were a brutal crime in which the victim not only suffered physical and mental agony but was also pushed into a state of social and economical helplessness.

''Formation of 'Acid Attack Victims' Assistance Board'.... will compensate their loss to some extent and enable them to at least have a reasonable life,'' the document said.

Urging the Minister to take up the issue with the Centre and State Governments, the memorandum suggested employment by the State Government for the victims according to their ability and central or State Governments ensure provisions of monthly help amount for the permanently disabled victims.

It also suggested speedy justice be ensured to the victims of rape and acid attacks within a time-frame of three months in the fast track Court.

It also recommended that the victims be treated at good hospitals and arrangements be ensured by the State Government for their free life-long treatment.

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