Expressing concern over the increasing incidents of acid attacks on women, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that a system for online monitoring of sale of acid will soon be put in place.
The government has also created nodal groups to watch over the sale of acids in every state, he informed the Lok Sabha during the question hour.
Singh went on to say that, “We are also developing a software for online regularization of sale of acid. It is under process.”
Reiterating the same concern, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary stated that the government has asked each state to make sure the acid is only sold to a person above 18 years of age. Also, a copy of buyer’s photo identity card should be taken to track the buyer in case of any unwanted incident.
“Besides this, refusal of treatment for an acid attack victim has been made punishable by imprisonment of up to one year,” Chaudhary added.
Raising concerns that American technology firms might be exposed to foreign governments, two former Twitter employees have been charged with spying for the Saudi Arabia government and the Kingdom’s royal family, according to the US Justice Department.
The two former Twitter staffers, Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi national and Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen, used their access at the micro-blogging giant to gather sensitive and non-public information on dissidents of the Saudi regime, the Justice Department said in a criminal complaint.
The case, unsealed in San Francisco federal court, underscores allegations the Saudi government tries to control anti-regime voices abroad. It also recalls a move reportedly directed by the country’s controversial leader to weaponise online platforms against critics, CNN Business reported on Thursday.
One of the two people is reportedly an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.
“The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” US Attorney David Anderson said in a statement.
Another man, named Ahmed Almutairi, who is also from Saudi Arabia, allegedly acted as a go-between to the two Twitter staffers and the Saudi government, which according to the complaint rewarded the men with hundreds of thousands of dollars and, for one man, a luxury Hublot watch, the report added. (IANS)