The district and sessions court, on Wednesday, sentenced the four convicts, including husband of the victim, to imprisonment for the rest of their lives for throwing acid at the 24-yearold woman, who has undergone 48 surgeries since then and was still struggling to get back to her normal life.
Mandeep Kaur and her father Shamsher Singh, residents of Daiyan Kalan village in Dharamkot, had suffered serious burns after the former’s husband Harinder Singh alias Happy, a resident of Rasin village of Ludhiana, along with his three friends, threw acid on them on July 11, 2013.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Lakhwinder Kaur Duggal also directed Harinder to pay Rs 10 lakh to the victim as compensation. Besides, the court has also fined all the four convicts Rs 1 lakh each, which will be given to the victim.
The convicts have also been ordered to pay Rs1 lakh each to the state government.
The court has also asked the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh compensation to the victim under Section 357A (victim compensation scheme) of the CrPC, thus the total compensation amount to the victim comes to Rs 19 lakh.
However, the court acquitted her husband’s elderly kin, including his mother Karamjit Kaur, father Paramjit Singh, uncle Sukhwinder Singh and aunt Sukhmandar Kaur, who were allegedly accused of hatching a conspiracy.
The incident took place when the duo was on way to a court in Moga for a hearing in the divorce case filed by the woman.
Mandeep, a topper in Bachelor of Science (BSc) examination, whose left eye was removed and left part of her breast was removed after she sustained 70% burns, is still undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jalandhar.
She has undergone about 48 major surgeries at a cost of Rs 45 lakh while another surgery to implant prosthetic (artificial) eye will be conducted in a few days.
The victim’s father Shamsher Singh had sustained 40% burns in the attack.
Shamsher Singh said that he was glad that they have got justice, but was a little upset on the acquittal of other four accused persons, who had actually hatched the conspiracy.
Advocate Amit Ghai, the victim’s lawyer, said that this was a benchmark judgement pronounced by the court and it would be the first such acid attack case in the state in which the victim is alive and the accused persons got jail for the entire life.
The case was registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 326A (causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) and 120B (a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ajitwal police station, Moga.