Acid Attack is Uncivilized And Heartless Crime: Apex Court

 

Acid Attack is Uncivilized And Heartless Crime: Apex Court 

Apex Court observed:
“This Court cannot be oblivious of the situation that the victim must have suffered an emotional distress which cannot be compensated either by sentencing the accused or by grant of any compensation”
A crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency, Court while directing the two convicts to pay Rupees 1,50,000 each as compensation to acid attack victim.
Victim was going to college when two boys came on a scooter and threw some acid over her from a jug and run away from the spot. Local resident took her to hospital and subsequently case was registered against the accused.

The Trial Court convicted both accused for offence under Section 307/34 IPC and sentenced them to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 10 years with a fine of Rs. 5,000 each. However, in appeal, the High Court held that the offence under Section 307/34 IPC was not made out and converted the offence from Section 307/34 IPC to Section 326 IPC and sentenced them for a period of 5 years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 25,000 both accused. The State of Himachal Pradesh appealed against the High Court order.
Supreme Court did not interfere with sentence and conviction recorded by the High Court, it said:

“Indeed, it cannot be ruled out that in the present case the victim had suffered an uncivilized and heartless crime committed by the respondents and there is no room for leniency which can be conceived. A crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency. This Court cannot be oblivious of the situation that the victim must have suffered an emotional distress which cannot be compensated either by sentencing the accused or by grant of any compensation.”

 

STATE OF HIMACHAL PRADESH & ANR. V. VIJAY KUMAR ALIAS PAPPU AND ANR.