The Union government of India on 16 July 2013 proposed to make production of Photo identity card mandatory for purchase of acid. The government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in which it listed a number of measures to curb the sale of acid in the open market.
The shopkeepers will also require licence to sell the acid. The move comes after Supreme Court asked the government to submit guidelines to check open sale of acid, thereby checking acid attacks on women.
It is estimated that one thousand acid attacks take place in India every year. The apex court order came on a PIL seeking framing of a new law or amendment in the existing laws to deal with acid attack effectively.
Who: Union government.
When: 16 July 2013.