SC orders free treatment to acid attack victims

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New Delhi: Providing a huge relief to the acid attack victims, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered private hospitals across the country to provide immediate and free treatment including corrective surgeries to the acid attack victims.

The court also observed that governments should provide Rs 3 lakh financial relief to acid attack victims.

The directive came a day after the Centre told the court that private hospitals were bound to provide not just first aid to acid attack victims and but also free-of-cost treatment.

Hospitals refusing first aid or free treatment to such people should be penalised, the government had told the court.
The Centre had last month directed all states to ensure speedy disbursal of compensation amount as well as timely treatment for them.

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