The Delhi high court on Friday sentenced a man to life imprisonment without any remission for throwing acid and killing his wife.
This is the first such judgment after the Supreme Court of India directed subordinate courts not to show any leniency in acid attack cases.
The court said convict Nitin Kumar Arora would have to spend his entire life in jail without any pardon.
Unless specified otherwise by a court, convicts serving life sentences are generally let off after spending 14 or 30 years in jail.
“Throwing of acid on hapless women is a cowardly act that needs to be dealt with an iron hand. The dastardly crime often leaves the victim disfigured and in some case, like this one, can also cause death,” said Justice GS Sistani and Justice GP Mittal dismissing Arora’s appeal.
“There is no ground or reason to interfere with the trial court’s order and the convict has to spend his entire life in jail without any commutation” said the court.
The lower court had on October 1, 2009, convicted Arora of murder and handed him the life sentence. The court had fined Arora R50,000 for the crime he committed in June 2004.
Arora is said to have thrown a jug full of acid on his wife after a quarrel, resulting in 60 per cent burn injuries on her body. She died four days later.
In his defence, Arora’s lawyer argued that he had no intention to kill his wife and at the most only section 325 of IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) could be slapped on him.
The court while upholding the trial court judgment also referred to the recent SC judgment ordering stringent punishment for acid attackers.