Preeti Rathi acid attack case: Convict Ankur Panwar sentenced to death by Mumbai court

Panwar was convicted under Sections 302 (murder) and 326B (Voluntarily throwing acid) of the IPC.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2016 3:55 pm
Preeti Rathi, Preeti Rathi acid attack, Ankur Panwar, Preeti acid attack, Preeti acid attack case Preeti Rathi acid attack case: According to police, Panwar had thrown acid on Preeti as he was jealous of her career growth and the fact that she had secured a nursing job with the Ministry of Defence at the INHS Asvini Hospital.

A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday sentenced convict Ankur Panwar to death in Preeti Rathi acid attack case. Panwar was convicted under Sections 302 (murder) and 326B (Voluntarily throwing acid) of the IPC. Rathi, who belonged from Delhi, had died of multiple organ failure after hotel management graduate Panwar threw acid on her in May 2013.

According to police, Panwar had thrown acid on Preeti as he was jealous of her career growth and the fact that she had secured a nursing job with the Ministry of Defence at the INHS Asvini Hospital. Just when she alighted at the Bandra Terminus, Panwar threw acid on her face. Preeti was to join duty on May 2, 2013.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had sought a death penalty for Ankur Panwar before the special women’s court on Wednesday, claiming that the fatal attack on Rathi had a larger impact on society. Nikam argued that the the young girl who was looking to join her job in the Indian Navy was killed mercilessly and this offence is a glaring case of such acid attacks on women. “This is a fit case for death penalty where the manner in which the offence was committed and the exceptional cruel attitude of the accused are aggravating circumstances,” Nikam had said.

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A compensation of Rs 2 lakh was given to Preeti’s parents Amar Singh and Roshni Rathi by the Victim Compensation Committee headed by member Sayaji Korhale, of the District Legal Services Authority.

In the meantime, Rathi’s father Amar Singh Rathi hoped the convict would be awarded capital punishment. In a statement, her father said, “It took 3 years for us to get justice but I am happy that it has been finally delivered. I hope he gets death sentence.”

READ: Prosecution seeks death in Preeti Rathi case

Panwar’s mother on the other hand demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident claiming that her son had been falsely implicated in the case. “We have been implicated just because we were poor. I want a CBI inquiry into the case,” she had said on Tuesday.

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    Janki
    Sep 8, 2016 at 10:48 am
    A brainless SOB like you do not understand the satire in the comment.
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      Bagwan
      Sep 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm
      More to be done- HIGHLY CORRUPT STAY AND THEN SUPREMELY CORRUPT STAY, PRESIDENTIAL STAY, NERCY PEION STAY, STAY....STAY....STAY.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;FK WITH RAWtten, RAPISTANI Judiciary.
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        Seshadri
        Sep 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm
        A Brahmin scoundrel and Truth. Never go together.
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          Witch
          Sep 8, 2016 at 10:22 am
          HIGHLY CORRUPT(HC) has already prepared to STAY the sentence! SUPREMELY CORRUPT(SC) has already prepared to squash the case.
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            Me
            Sep 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm
            My opinion is - you have a SICK SICK SICK country, whit a lot of sick men - you are all a bunch of animals!!!!!!!!
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              Ashutosh Aggarwal
              Sep 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm
              I hope all higher court will confirm the sentence. It was a very serious crime and toughest punishment with deter people from doing such crime. We have seen many such incidents and we must stop such crime at any rate. Culprit doesn't deserve and pardon.
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                Kalpana b
                Sep 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                Wow... the law is still alive in India... the hope has not gone in vain. Wish such more bettered fast track special courts really act with their judgement even with the brutal gang rape hooliganism... but an eye for an eye shall more be apt on such criminals.
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                  Kaliyug
                  Sep 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                  There should be no appeal for this kind of crime, in fact many crimes in India deserve the death penalty.
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