Welfare of acid attack victims

  • The Karnataka state has seen 144 acid attack victims since 2003-04. A large number have lost (some partially) their sight and are badly scarred. A majority of the victims are poor, with medical bills mounting over the years.

  • The Karnataka State Commission for Women (KSCW) has directed all zilla panchayats to provide free houses or residential sites to the acid attack victims.
  • In addition, the victims are eligible to draw disability pension, get cash compensation and medical treatment expenses.
  • The victims are also eligible to get welfare pension meant for people with disabilities, cash compensation of Rs. 3 lakh, and compensation for treatment up to Rs. 20 lakh, she said.
  • According to sources at the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Bengaluru, identifying acid attack victims and houses/lands for them are under way in several ZPs.
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