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SC directs states to provide free treatment to survivors of acid attacks

survivors of acid attacks

The Supreme Court today directed all the states and union territories (UTs) to compensate, rehabilitate and provide free treatment to the survivors of acid attacks in pursuance of guidelines issued by it earlier. A bench of justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan gave the direction while dealing with a case of an acid attack victim from Bihar. The court asked the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim, besides providing her free treatment including reconstruction surgery.

The bench also asked the states and UTs to provide all kind of help to such victims as provided in an earlier judgement. Supreme Court had in its ruling on April 10 made it mandatory for hospitals across the country to provide full and free medical treatment to the victims.The present matter was brought before the apex court by Bihar-based NGO Parivartan Kendra which has sought it's direction on rehabilitation of acid attack victims, alleging that private hospitals were not providing free treatment to the victims.