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State Government plans to enact legislation against acid attacks
Favors seven years rigorous imprisonment for attackers

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State Government plans to enact legislation against acid attacks

Favors seven years rigorous imprisonment for attackers

With increasing incidents of acid attacks in the state, the Government has finally made a plab to enact its own legislation on the lines of a draft bill proposed by the Centre to act tough against attackers. Home Minister, P Sabita Indra Reddy directed senior police officers on Thursday to send proposals for inclusion in the State legislation within ten days. She was serious about the introduction of the Bill in the coming Budget session in the Assembly. According to sources, the Home Minister gave instructions to A Sivanarayana, Additional Director General, S Umapati, Inspector General of Crime Investigation Department and Chief Legal Advisor of Police M Chalapathi Rao to quickly start working on the task.

The police officers impressed upon the Minister that the response of the State Government to the opinion sought by the Centre on Prevention of Attacks (by Acids) Act, 2008 proposed by the latter could form the basis for the State legislation. Among the recommendations of the State were to amendment of Section 326 with the introduction of sub clause 'A' to include acid attacks. The crime is punishable with RI of seven years. The State also suggested that crime under Section 326 be tried by sessions courts instead of metropolitan courts and that a presumption clause be included under the Indian Evidence Act to put the onus of proving not guilty on the accused in acid attacks.

The State Government wanted the accused to be made liable for payment of compensation and treatment charges to victims and speedy trial of cases. It suggested that the students who were culprits be rusticated from the educational institutions. The draft proposal in the Centre Act were prepared by the National Commission for Women and referred to the State Governments for their opinion.

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