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Acid attack victims: Centre, states to streamline payment of compensation

The central and the state governments on Saturday agreed to streamline the process for speedy and timely disbursal of compensation, including first-aid as well as medical treatment of the acid attack victims.

The “consensus” for speedy and timely disbursal of the compensation including first-aid and the medical treatment of acid attack victims was arrived at the meeting of the chief secretaries and health secretaries of the states and Union Territories.

The meeting was jointly convened by union Home Secretary LC Goyal and Health Secretary BP Sharma as directed by the Supreme Court’s Social Justice bench on February 6.

“There was a consensus in the meeting to handle such cases with full sensitivity and streamline the current process for speedy and timely disbursal of compensation money including first-aid as well as medical treatment of the acid attack victims/patients”, the official statement said.

Meeting reviewed the current status of the efforts made by the states/UTs relating to notification of victim compensation scheme and treatment of such victims, in pursuance to the directions of the apex court.

Section 357C of the Code of Criminal Procedure says: “All hospitals, public or private, whether run by the central government, the state government, local bodies or any other person, shall immediately, provide the first-aid or medical treatment, free of cost, to the victims of any offence covered under section 326A, 376, 376A, 376B, 376C, 376D or section 376E of the Indian Penal Code, and shall immediately inform police of such incident.”
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