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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                    Aman chauhan
                    Sep 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                    Such heinous cases need to be judged asap because in India, criminals feel they can get away from punishment due to length of time till which cases go on. Surity of punishment along with severity will be a definite deterrent to such crimes.
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                      Ramesh Kumar
                      Sep 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                      This judgement has to be hailed and should help straighten things out. Rogues have been throwing acid at women every other day. This criminal needs to be hung. Don't let human rights terrorists like Prashant Bhushan, Shashi Tharoor, Anand Grover etc are actually aiding and helping large scale violence against our daughters, by wanting to stop death penalty. They will be going to court to save the criminal. They have no value for lives of women lost and the suffering endured by victim's families
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                        anarkali golden
                        Sep 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm
                        If he is guilty ,then it is not at all undeserved. Let this act as a deterrent to others
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                          Wulf Nesthead
                          Sep 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                          786 If he is guilty, he most certainly deserves the sentence. I only hope that he is in fact guilty; there are many cases in my own country of people wrongfully convicted who received the death penalty. In my home state we executed a man in the nineteenth century who was later found to be innocent; and the citizens were so horrified that they abolished the death penalty.lt;br/gt;I support the death penalty in theory; but judicial corruption can make its implementation problematic.
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                            Sarita Sharma
                            Sep 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm
                            If only the accused was from political / film background this result would not have reached.
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                              Munna Mama
                              Sep 8, 2016 at 10:25 am
                              Exemplary punishment. Way to go. We see that many activists today are more concerned about rights of criminals instead of law abiding citizens. All who treat human life with such apathy, who do not respect life and liberty of fellow beings have no right to live. Those with sinister minds, eager to snuff out life and dreams out of lively innocents need to be awarded such punishments.
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                                danny
                                Sep 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                                Finally indian judiciary is working, let this case set example to all the acid attack..lt;br/gt;Govt must ensure acid r not freely available
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                                  NBR
                                  Sep 8, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                  this is how judgements shd be made. hope such verdicts install fear and crimes comes down.
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                                    INDIA is
                                    Sep 8, 2016 at 10:49 am
                                    The judgement based on ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW... Thats very good news.
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                                      Real Truth
                                      Sep 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                      Great decision.
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                                        Real Truth
                                        Sep 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                        Mullah and satire?
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                                          Citizen
                                          Sep 8, 2016 at 10:33 am
                                          Even though capital punishment should be opposed generally, the right punishment for in this case would have been - death by acid attack in public.
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                                            Sheik Mohamed
                                            Sep 8, 2016 at 11:21 am
                                            At last Justice has been delivered to Ms.Preeti. The hon'ble judge has rightly pronounced the Judgement of death sentence. May her to be rest in peace.
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