300% rise in acid attacks in 3 years

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300% rise in acid attacks in 3 years


COLUMNS / This Still Happens in India   /   Apr 13, 2015
Radha Mishra
Radha Mishra
Writing is her passion. She is an ex Reporter with a National Daily and holding an important position in an NGO. The social and political writer is Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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New Delhi: Incidents of acid attack rose rapidly in the year 2014 and were being reported from across the country. First time in the history of crimes, around 309 acid attack occurrences were reported in one year. It is nearly 300 per cent above than the average number of such cases seen during the past three years.

While the year 2011 saw 83 cases, and 2012 and 2013 saw 85 and 66 cases, respectively, these cases in year 2014 augmented to 309, which make it nearly four times more than the average number of incidents reported in prior years.

The upsetting figures came to light after a meeting summoned by the Ministry of Home Affairs on March 14. Here representatives from the Centre and state governments presented the data for a compilation, with the assistance of the National Crime Records Bureau.

The meeting was held after the orders of the Supreme Court as it was recieving PILs on acid attacks. The court asked the centre to file a detailed affidavit on the number of attacks, besides a report on treatment, compensation and rehabilitation of the victims.

Had not the supreme Court received PILs, would the centre be still asleep to the fact of an incessant rise in acid attacks, especially when they carry the onus of the safety of citizens of the country? Compensations and free treatments would not cure the trauma caused on the psychology of the victim. Preventing such attacks from occurring is the only solution.

Though the government brought strict rules on the sale and purchase of acid, still no stringent policies and follow ups have come from the government.


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