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March 31 deadline on acid rules

New Delhi, Dec. 3: The Supreme Court today gave states and Union territories time till March 31 to introduce rules for “regulating sale of acid and other corrosive substances” to prevent increasing acid attacks, mostly on girls by rebuffed lovers.

The court suggested they consider adopting the policy introduced by Haryana and Puducherry, which had both said they would bear the full cost of treatment and rehabilitation of victims.

A three-judge bench also said whenever a complaint of an acid attack is filed, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of the area would have to probe how the attacker had got the restricted substance.

The directives came four-and-a-half months after the court had on July 18 virtually banned “over-the-counter” sale of acid throughout the country.

The court was responding to a plea by advocate Aparna Bhat, who was appearing for an acid attack victim.

Survivor gets job

An acid attack survivor, who lost her vision in the incident, will join the Supreme Court as its employee.

Anu Mukherjee was selected two months ago as a junior court attendant by Justice Kurian Joseph, who is one of the three apex court judges hearing cases related to acid attacks.