UP: Crackdown On Acid Sales As Rising Cases Of Use Of Acid In Crime Incidents In The State

On March 24, he visited with a gang rape and acid assault survivor who was supposedly forced to drink acid during her lengthy strike aboard a train.

IN his continuing effort to crackdown on crime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all district magistrates to strictly enforce the rules for sale and the storage of acid commonly used in assaults.

“If during a review from the SDM, it is found incorrect report has been submitted, then the entire stock be sealed, and Rs 50,000 (US$775) fee will be levied on the seller.”

Every license holder is, also, required to maintain comprehensive records of sale, detailing the name and address of each and every buyer along with the quantity and reason for purchase.

District magistrates can also be expected to make sure the review report of each and every trader that was acid is sent to the state home department by the seventh day of each month.

In 2013, the fee increased for throwing acid on an individual to not less than 10 years in prison and limited the sale of certain over-the-counter acids.

In 2015, ASFI recorded 249 strikes nationally, an 11 percent increase from the prior year. This amount, however, will probably be an underestimation as they rely on to collect the data.

Acid attacks are a type of violence chiefly directed against women, who make up 80 percent of the casualties, by ASFI. The motivation behind such attacks can change; common ones include refusal of property proposals or cash disputes, family disputes, domestic violence, and feeling of infidelity.

Adityanath has taken the issue since he took office deciding to meet victims and talk about the matter with enforcement officials.

On March 24, he visited with a gang rape and acid assault survivor who was supposedly forced to drink acid during her lengthy strike aboard a train.

Following the meeting, he called for the prompt arrest of the perpetrators and awarded the 45-year-old woman Rs100,00 (US$ 1,550) in damages.

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