New Delhi (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday sought answers from the Centre, states and UTs on the plea for restricting the sale of acid to avert attacks on women by jilted lovers.

A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik also wanted to know if any scheme can be prepared by governments that can provide adequate compensation to the victims for their treatment and rehabilitation.

The apex court passed the directions while dealing with a plea made by counsel Aparna Bhat on behalf of a Delhi-based victim Laxmi whose face was disfigured permanently after she
was attacked with acid by a jilted lover.

The counsel submitted even after six plastic surgeries, Laxmi has to remain with the disfigured face for the rest of her life.

Citing the recent case of Andhra Pradesh where a college girl was attacked with acid by a fellow student, the counsel pleaded for a total ban of sale of acid as there have been spurt in acid attacks on women in different states.

In response to the appeal, the bench remarked, "It may be impractical to ban the substance totally. Because if there are knife attacks, we can't ban use of knives.”

Partly relenting to the submission, the apex court said it could explore if there was any the sale of the substance could be regulated only for industrial use.

Accordingly, it asked the Union Ministry of Home, states and UTs to come out with their views on regulating the use of acid and formulating a suitable scheme across the country for
compensating and rehabilitating the victims.
 
The PIL was filed in 2006 by Laxmi a minor girl whose arms, face and other body parts were disfigured in an acid attack.

Acid was thrown at the victim by three youths near Tughlaq Road as she had refused to marry one of them. The trial is going on for the offence of attempt to murder and two of the accused are out on bail.