The recent incident of three men throwing acid on a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Delhi has sent shockwaves across the country. The incident has also exposed several loopholes after police probe revealed that the accused had purchased the acid online.
In a run-up to the increasing crimes in the society, The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) under the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has now taken stringent action to safeguard consumers' interests.
CCPA has sent notices to two e-commerce entities, namely Flipkart Internet private Limited and Fashnear Technologies Private Limited (meesho.com) for gross violations relating to sale of acid reported on their platforms, reported PIB.
CCPA has directed these entities to furnish detailed responses within seven days. Being the watchdog of consumer interest, CCPA has come across the sale of highly corrosive acids on these e-commerce platforms. It has questioned the easy and unregulated availability of such acids on these e-platforms.
Availability of hazardous acids in such accessible manner can be dangerous and unsafe for consumers and to public at large, it added.