Acid attack victims to have free treatment in hospitals: Delhi govt

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New Delhi, Aug 12: Although mired with controversies, the Delhi government seems to be taking the requirements of the public seriously.

In a recent directive by the Delhi government, specifically the NCW, all government and private hospitals in the city are required to treat acid attack victims free of cost.

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The conclusion was srawn wheb Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal met with Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and health minister Satyendra Jain to discuss the issue. The meeting was also attended by five acid attack victims.

Maliwal said,"Acid attack victims have to undergo recurring medical treatment. The Supreme Court had directed that hospitals should provide this treatment for free. While the direction was given, it had not been implemented."

She further said that receiving compensation was not enough, post care packages, including medical treatment, surgery, medication, and even food and accomodation should be included. Following this, Jain suggested that a committee should be formed by the DCW who could present the regulation at the health ministry.Dr R N Das, officer on special duty to the Jain, has been nominated as the nodal officer for the treatment of acid attack victims. Jain assured that help will reach out to areas outside Delhi too.

Responding to the issue of pending cases, the Delhi government accepted the DCW's demand to appoint a senior prosecutor to close the pending cases.

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