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Expressing its displeasure at the delay in framing of rules across the country to regulate the sale of acid, the Supreme Court on Tuesday set a deadline of March 31, 2014 for all the states and Union Territories to put in place a regulator regime that will contain the menace of acid attacks.
A bench led by Justice R M Lodha also sought responses from all states and Union Territories if they were willing to bear the total cost of medical and psychological treatment of such victims and drafting a scheme in this regard.
In view of a few recent acid attack cases, the court further asked the chief secretaries and administrators of states and Union Territories to issue instruction to the police for making it mandatory to inform the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) concerned whenever such incident occurs.
The SDM shall inquire into the procurement of acid by the perpetrators and take necessary follow-up actions.