HC accepts acid-attack victim's letter as plea
Considering the letter by an acid-attack victim as public-interest petition, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday gave the Punjab government two weeks to a file status report.Updated: Mar 02, 2013 23:35 IST
Considering the letter by an acid-attack victim as public-interest petition, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday gave the Punjab government two weeks to a file status report.
Daljit Kaur of Tandi village in Kapurthala district is the victim on whose petition the division bench of chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued the notice of motion for March 15 to the state government. On January 10, 2010, three boys had thrown sulfuric acid on Daljit Kaur, leaving her with serious burn injuries to the face, skin and eyes.
She filed a first-information report (FIR) at Subhanpur in Kapurthala district under Sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (acts done by several people in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On January 10, 2010, the police arrested suspects Jagjeevan Singh, Sarbjot Singh and Jaspreet Singh of Khanpur village in Kapurthala district.
Daljit Kaur, in her 20s and unmarried, has demanded amendment in law and policies for acid-attack victims. She has requested for a minimum grant of Rs 10 lakh to each victim for plastic surgery and the provision of a job, as getting married would be difficult after the face was scarred.
The victim has suggested for a minimum punishment of life imprisonment for people involved in acid attacks. She has petitioned for fast-track trials in these cases, and lowering the minimum age of adulthood from 18 to 16. One of the three boys charged with throwing acid on her face was a month below 18 at the time of the attack. He was the main suspect, but taking advantage of his age, he managed to get bail from the additional civil judge of Kapurthala and jumped bail to leave the country.
"India is fourth most dangerous place in the world for women to live," Daljit Kaur wrote in her letter. "Acid attacks are made to punish them for spurning the proposals of marriage as well as divorce. Criminals walk free after brief imprisonment, leaving the victim lifelong pain and her family the burden of medical expenses," she wrote further.