July 27, 2017 06:46 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab and Haryana Government’s much publicized Schemes for grant of monthly financial assistance to acid attack victims suffer from gender bias. The male acid attack victims are not entitled to such assistance. Highcourt directs to Punjab and Haryana Govt. to suitably amend their notifications. 

A Contempt petition filed by Advocate H.C. Arora against the Chief Secretary, Punjab, alleging that State of Punjab had not framed appropriate scheme for granting monthly financial assistance to acid attack victims, in compliance of orders issued by the PIL Bench, came up for resumed hearing today before the Contempt Court headed by Justice Daya Chaudhary.

The Additional Advocate General, Punjab, Ms. Anu Chatrath today produced a notification dated 20.6.2017 issued by the Government of Punjab, Department of Social Security & Development of Women and Children (Disability Branch), which incorporates a provision for grant of Rs.8000/- per month as financial assistance to “female acid attack victims”, who due to acid attack, has been rendered disabled within the meaning of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995”, as amended from time to time.

The petitioner, appearing in person, protested against the discriminatory treatment against male acid attack victims. When it was pointed out BY Additional Advocate General, that Haryana Government’s notification dated 25.3.2016, on this subject also envisages extension of such monthly financial assistance only to female acid attack victims, the petitioner prayed that similar notices for contempt be also issued to Chief Secretary, Haryana, and the Bench accepted this request and impleaded State of Haryana also as a respondent in the Contempt Petition. The Contempt Court also directed the two States to amend their notifications for including the male acid attack victims also under their respective schemes, and adjourned the COCP to 7.9.2017 for further proceedings. 

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