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Laxmi Agarwal's Fight To Have Acid Attacks Be Recognised As Separate Crime

BP World Bureau | Jan 14 2020
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Laxmi Agarwal was attacked with acid by a man twice her age, for turning down his marriage proposal. She was 16 at the time. Over the years, Laxmi dedicated her life to fighting against the sale of acid and to make changes in the law to have acid attacks be recognised as a separate crime.

She started the 'Stop Acid Sale' campaign to spread awareness about the attacks and to curb the sale so that it is not easily and cheaply available to the common man.

She filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Laxmi v. Union of India & Ors', in the supreme court to make changes in the law that deals with acid attacks. She cited the increase in the number of attacks and wanted a total ban on the sale of acids.

The supreme court issued directions such as; sellers of acid should have a register of people who purchase the substance from them. It should be sold only if the buyer has a photo ID issued by the Government along with the address and if he specifies the reason for the purchase. 

Sellers should declare acid stocks with the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). Sellers will be imposed with 50,000 rupees fine if they have undeclared stock.