CJ Pragya survived one of the most brutal assaults a person can face - an acid attack. Since then, she's undergone multiple surgeries and works with "Stop Acid Attacks," an organization that fights for survivors' rights. Here, she responds to the Supreme Court's recent order that acid sales be tracked and regulated.
Full Text of her comments:
Finally The Supreme Court of India passed an interim order on regulating the sale of acid at retail outlets in markets across the country. The court has also ordered a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to be paid by the state governments to each acid attack victim. As an Acid attack Survivor I welcome this decision. After a long struggle of Acid attack survivors, finally some rule has come in place to curb this menace. However I am still skeptical if the state governments will implement this rule in a stringent way. This should not become one of those laws that remain on paper but are not implemented in practice. If implemented in a proper way this law will definitely help reduce acid attacks if not eliminate them completely. The culprits who now escape so easily after ruining the lives of innocent girls could at least be traced.
I welcome the judgement for regulating the acid sale but I am a bit disappointed by the compensation amount being directed. The initial treatment cost itself exceed Rs 15 lacks. Then there is the recurring cost of reconstructive surgeries and medicines. Rs 3 lack is too little to cover the expenses of hapless victims. What I demand is that state should adopt the acid survivors and should compensate them with all the Treatment/Medical costs, Legal assistance and Rehabilitation. After they recover from initial treatment state should guarantee a source of income by providing them with employment as per their capacity.
Honorable Supreme Court has shown us a ray of hope to live a better life and I hope that the government will also come forward and curb this menace for once and for all.
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