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The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 15) issued notice to Centre on a PIL filed by Anuja Kapur seeking a direction to the Centre and others for increase of remuneration and immediate jobs, relief, medical infrastructure and other rehabilitation measures to acid attack victims.

The order was passed by the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

The apex court in 2015 judgment had given directions to States to consider acid attack victims as disabled for jobs.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there were 200 cases of acid attacks on women in 2016 alone but NGOs peg it around 500-1000 across the country. The NALSA scheme for acid attack victims which is binding on States mandates Rs 7 lakh compensation in case of disfigurement due to acid attack.

—India Legal Bureau

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