Free Treatment of Acid Attack Victims: The SC Verdict

By Suhasini Srinivasan, Army Institute Of Law, Mohali.

The Supreme Court on 10th April, 2015 asked all private hospitals throughout the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and corrective surgeries, to all acid attack victims and that private hospitals could neither “turn away” victims of acid attack nor wash their hands off after providing first aid. The order said that the term “treatment” included reconstructive surgery, free medicines, bed, rehabilitation and aftercare. The court also asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take up the issue of free treatment with private hospitals. This order came in response to a PIL filed by acid attack survivor Laxmi in the year 2006. During the hearing, the bench, which had fixed Rs 3 lakh as minimum compensation in such cases, was informed by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for the Centre, that the Victims Compensation Schemes have been put in place by almost all the state governments. (more…)