New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday banned over-the-counter sale of acid at retail outlets. The Apex Court also ordered a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to be paid by the government to each acid attack victim.

The Apex Court bench, headed by Justice RM Lodha, issued detailed directions for regulating the sale of acid at retail outlets. The court direction came in the wake of reports of increasing number of acid attacks.

In a direction, the Court said that the retail outlets having licence to sell acid will maintain a stock register and failing to do so or possessing unaccounted acid will lead to a fine of Rs.50,000.

The Court asked all the states which already have rules to regulate the sale of acid to reinforce them and those who don't have need to frame them in accordance with the model rules framed by the central government.

The court said that the rules should be made stringent as has been spelt out in the model rules framed by the government.

(Agencies)

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