The Supreme Court today issued contempt notices to the chief secretaries of Karnataka, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh for not filing its response on a petition discussing the plight of acid attack victims.
The Supreme Court is seized off a matter pertaining to acid attack victims. The Supreme Court sought to know from the states the action taken reports on acid attack victims.
It also sought to know what measures were being implemented for the welfare of acid attack victims. However the above mentioned states failed to comply with the order which led to the Supreme Court taking a very serious view of the matter and issuing contempt notices.
Earlier the Supreme Court had laid down stringent regulatory mechanisms for sale of acid to curb acid attacks on women.
The court had also directed private hospitals to bear the entire cost of medical treatment of acid attack survivors, including costly plastic and corrective surgeries. It also said that the states should ensure that the order is complied.
In an affidavit to the Supreme Court the centre had informed that 309 cases of acid attacks were registered in the country in 2014 out of which 185 incidents were from Uttar Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh came second with 57 cases. Further the centre also stated that it was meeting with the health secretaries to frame a policy to curb sale of acid and to take steps to provide free treatment to victims.