TN Govt wakes up after fatal acid attacks

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Acid Attack
Chennai, Feb 26: The Tamil Nadu government has woken up after two girls were victims of an acid attack. The city saw two such incident in the span of two weeks. Now, the government has decided to take steps to control and regulate the sale of acid. "A Bill (in this regard) will be moved during the coming Budget session of the state Assembly and adopted," said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

The death of two victims of acid attacks has triggered the need to check the 'easy availability of acid'. The Madras High Court has also moved a ban on over the counter sale on Monday. The order was issued to the central and State governments.

A relief fund of Rs 2 lakh has been announced for the the family of J Vidya.

23-year-old Vinodhini, a BTech graduate and an employee of an IT private firm in Chennai, had faced an acid attack and succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, Feb 12. The girl was admitted to a hospital in the city and was battling for her life since last three months. Vinodhini was attacked with acid as she had rejected his marriage proposal.

In another incident, 21 year old J Vidya, who was battling for the last 25 days succumbed to injuries at Government Kilpauk Hospital on Sunday Feb 24. Vidya was working in an internet browsing centre. On January 30 during lunch time, her lover Vijaya Bhaskar threw a bottle of acid at her,burning her back.

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