Friday, July 19, 2013

Will the new SC directives prevent acid-attacks?

"...preventing acid attacks, the Supreme Court has completely prohibited over-the-counter sale of the chemical unless the seller maintains a log/register recording the address and other details of the buyer, and the quantum"

"... should submit the details of sale to the local police within three days of the transaction; no acid should be sold to any person under 18 and all stocks must be declared with the local sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in 15 days"  - The Hindu

Some more constraints are there in the guidelines. But my question is, will this stop acid attacks? I have reasonable doubts. Problem here is anyone having a good understanding of basic chemistry can easily manufacture acids using easily available substances. It may not be of high quality, but will do grave damages to victim.

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