Ms Rathi suffered severe injuries to her lungs and eyes in the attack on 2 May 2013 and died a month later. The attacker, Ankur Lal Panwar, was 25 old. It is the first such sentence for an acid attack in India. Many such attacks go unpunished. 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. Special Judge A S Shende convicted Panwar under Sections 302(murder) and 326B (Voluntarily throwing acid) of the IPC.
“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,” Rathi’s father, Amar, 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.