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.
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.”
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.