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    State submits that acid-attack survivor attacked years before CrPc amendment, 2009 and SC judgement in 2013 entitling survivors to compensation, doesn't qualify for said aid after Petitioner files in Calcutta High Court.

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    Date : 20/06/2017

    Piyali Dutta v. State of West Bengal, W.P. 26174 of 2014

    The Petitioner, Piyali Dutta, is an acid attack survivor who had written to the Chief Secretary, State of West Bengal requesting for interim compensation of Rs. 3 lakhs, pursuant to the acid attack. She received no response from the office of the Chief Secretary and finding no other alternative, was constrained to file a writ petition before the High Court at Calcutta.

    The West Bengal State Legal Services Authority (SLSA)entered appearance in the case and took the stance that in 2009, an amendment was made to the Code of Criminal Procedure, which entitled acid attack victims to compensation, and in 2013, the Supreme Court passed a landmark judgment in Laxmi v. Union of India, regarding compensation for acid attack victims. The SLSA stated that since the acid attack on the Petitioner was in 2005, much before the two above-mentioned events, the Petitioner would not be eligible for any compensation.

    The matter came up for hearing on 20 June 2017 before the High Court at Calcutta. After hearing the counsels for the parties at length, the Court has reserved judgment.

    Status: Reserved for judgment

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