A bench of justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan gave the direction while dealing with a case of an acid attack victim from Bihar.

The court asked the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim, besides providing her free treatment including reconstruction surgery. The bench also asked the states and UTs to provide all kind of help to such victims as provided in an earlier judgment.

The present matter was brought before the Apex Court by Bihar-based NGO Parivartan Kendra which has sought it's direction on rehabilitation of acid attack victims, alleging that private hospitals were not providing free treatment to the victims.

Earlier, the court had come to the aid of acid attack survivors by issuing directions including an order to all private hospitals across the country to provide free treatment, including medicines and expensive reconstruction surgeries, to such victims.

It had asked all state governments and Union Territories to 'take up the matter with private hospitals' to ensure acid attack victims are attended to immediately and adequately.

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