Acid sale ban: Delhi High Court seeks government's response

The petitioner requested the High Court to repeal the amended provisions of "The Delhi Poisons Possession and Sales Rules, 2015" or amend the rules stipulating the sale of acid as a banned entity.

Published: 12th February 2020 12:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2020 12:38 AM   |  A+A-

Acid Attack

For representational purposes

By ANI

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Delhi government to file response on a plea filed by an acid attack survivor, seeking directions to ban the sale of acid across retail counter shops in the national capital, alleging that the chemical was still easily available despite the Supreme Court's guidelines regarding banning and regulating the sale of it.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was hearing a plea filed by 37-year-old Shaheen Malik through his advocates Mohammad Aman Khan and Tenzin Chodon, who said that the apex court had specifically laid down various guidelines regarding banning and regulating the sale of acid.

"Further the amended 'The Delhi Poisons Possession and Sale Rules, 2015' is aimed at regulating the sale of acid. However, the same has not been implemented and the ground realities regarding easy availability of acid across counter remain the same," the petition said, adding that Delhi Government opted for the regulation of the sale of acid and amended the provisions of the said act to include acid in it.

"However, the amended provision and other measures have resulted in futile exercise since the acid attacks are on the rise and none of the provisions and guidelines are being implemented," the plea said citing various incidents.

The petitioner told the court that the situation has become worse now since the perpetrators of the crime have started using more inhumane and barbaric methods of acid attack. Recently, the petitioner herself has seen and assisted two cases of acid attack where the victims were forced to drink acid burning their vital organs like oesophagus (food pipe) and stomach.

"This cruel act leaves victim on a path towards slow painful death," the litigant said.

The litigant submitted that there is no need for acid to be readily available for the common public and the acid, which is sold at shops in an unregulated manner is usually used for cleaning toilets, chocked sewers, etc.

"There are alternatives available in the market like Harpic, Lizol, and other floor cleaners. The only reason that the acid is relatively cheap cannot sustain to continue such sale of acid," the plea said.

The petitioner requested the High Court to repeal the amended provisions dated August 25, 2017, of "The Delhi Poisons Possession and Sales Rules, 2015" or amend the rules stipulating the sale of acid as a banned entity across the retail counters in the state of Delhi.

Stay up to date on all the latest Delhi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp