Delhi Women’s Commission informs deputy ministers of acid sales.

By Harsha Josephine Antoine | Wed Aug 24, 2022 | 8:15 p.m. IST |

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The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sent a summons to every district magistrate in the capital demanding details of the penalties imposed for local acid sales. According to DCW, the commission has often advocated for a complete acid retail ban.

All district magistrates in the capital have received notices from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) requesting information on fines imposed on acid sales in the area. A complete ban on the retail sale of acid has often been suggested by the commission, according to DCW, which said unrestricted acid sales contribute significantly to ongoing acid attacks against women and men. girls. The acid is still openly marketed in the capital, according to DCW, despite the fact that the same restriction has not been put in place.

Union and state governments must regulate the sale of acid to stop acid attacks in India, according to several guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. In this context, the Delhi government has established a law restricting the sale of acid, giving the SDM the power to fine offenders up to Rs 50,000. Acid attack is a terrible act, according to the DCW President, Swati Maliwal. It is urgent that the retail sale of acid be completely banned. The commission is working to improve the accountability of the district administration regarding the illegal sale of acid in Delhi. Additionally, SDMs should use the fine they have collected from people who violated the rules governing the sale of acid to help victims of acid attacks recover. The panel is trying to determine whether or not the same is being done.

Earlier, a letter was sent by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in March to the Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of the Delhi Government, asking for a total ban on acid sales in the city. A 13-day ‘Mahila Suraksha Padyatra’ across the city by DCW leader Swati Maliwal to raise awareness of women’s safety is taking place as the notice is issued. The statement lists 20 occurrences of acid assaults, which places Delhi third after West Bengal and UP in terms of frequency, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In accordance with the code of civil procedure, the DCW took legal action and gave ten days for a report on the measures taken. DCW suggested a ban on the sale of acid in 2016.

According to the commission, nine acid attack victims have obtained employment over the past three years through various programs. “Nine acid attack survivors have been nominated by the commission, which is grateful. DCW has benefited greatly from their work because of their infectious enthusiasm and energy for social concerns. ‘they are used by all state departments,’ Maliwal said.

Sallie R. Loera