Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Informs Lok Sabha That Govt To Make Acid Sale Data Available Online

22/04/2015 8:29 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh leaves after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary committee meeting at parliament in New Delhi on April 21, 2015. The Land Acquisition Ordinance was tabled amid opposition protest in Lok Sabha on April 20. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — To curb incidents of acid attacks on women, the government would soon make data available online on the sale of acids.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Lok Sabha that the government has also made nodal groups to monitor sale of acids in each state.

"We are also developing a software for online regularisation of sale of acid. It is under process," Singh said during question hour.

Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said each state government has been asked to ensure that acid is sold to a person above 18 years of age, the buyer has a photo identity card and a register is maintained to track the use of acids.

"Besides this, refusal of treatment for an acid attack victim has been made punishable by imprisonment of up to one year," he said.

He said that though the government as of now does not have any plans of providing a monthly pension for acid attack victims, it is contemplating enhancing the compensation given to them from the Nirbhaya fund.

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