Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

Buying ‘Tezaab’ in India will now require photo ID

The Indian Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal and state governments to regulate the sale of acid in an attempt to reduce attacks on women.

Hydrochloric acid Public domain image/walkerma

Hydrochloric acid
Public domain image/walkerma

The Supreme Court’s ruling comes after a particularly notorious incident in which four sisters suffered severe burns after being attacked with acid by two men on a motorbike, according to an Al Jazerra report.

The court said that acid should be sold only to people who show a valid identity card. Buyers will also have explain why they need the chemical and sales will have to be reported to the police.

An acid called “Tezaab”, which is designed to clean rusted tools but is often used in the attacks, can currently be bought across the counter.

In addition, the Court ruled for more compensation for victims. According to a BBC report, the court said compensation of at least 300,000 rupees (£3,320; $5,000) must be paid to help rehabilitate them after their ordeal.

Under Indian law, anyone found guilty of an acid attack that causes “grievous injury” faces a minimum 10 years behind bars and can be jailed for life in the most extreme cases.

There are an estimated 1,000 acid attacks a year in India. It is an issue in neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other areas of South Asia.

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