Srinagar: A man who threw acid on a woman last year here disfiguring her face has been convicted for attempt to murder by a local court.
Announcing his verdict, Principal Sessions Judge Srinagar, Muhammad Shafi Khan also convicted the accused—Riyaz Ahmad Nath, of Chanapora–for “wrongful restraint” under RPC sections of 341 besides 307 (attempt to murder).
Nath alias Sahba and Riyaz Battery, had thrown acid on the woman, a schoolteacher, at Parraypora locality here on January 2, 2013.
The woman had suffered severe burn injuries on her face and was shifted to New Delhi for specialized treatment. While the expenses for treatment were borne by the state, the victim was also provided a government job.
“Under ‘victim’ compensation scheme’, the victim is directed to be paid an amount of Rs 3 lakhs as compensation which will also be in consonance with the direction of Supreme Court,” the court said.
As per police, on the fateful day, the woman while on her way to a coaching centre at Angles Bank Colony, Baghat-i-Barzulla was followed by two men, Nath and his friend Mudasir Ahmad, insisting her to hear them.
To her refusal, police said, Nath took out an acid bottle from his pocket and threw it upon her face due to which her eye and face suffered severe burn injuries. She was removed to the SMHS Hospital here before she was flown to Apollo Hospital in New Delhi for specialized treatment. Her left eye had sustained significant damage in the attack.
After throwing the acid, the accused allegedly fled from the spot on a red coloured motorcycle and the police had arrested them within few hours of the incident. Later after completing the investigation, the police had filed the charge-sheet against Nath who had been allegedly harassing the woman for last many years.
In all, 17 witnesses were examined, and in its judgment, the court observed that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it was (Nath) only who had acquaintance with the victim and “on fateful day of occurrence he, with criminal intention, took sulphuric acid and threw it on her.”
The court observed that because of the terrifying act of Nath, the woman got disfigured and permanently disabled by losing her one eye.”
Public Prosecutor, Abdul Aziz Teeli along with his team represented the prosecution in the case. The trial in the case was concluded in record 11 months.
Meanwhile, the court also directed the state administration, particularly district administration Srinagar, to regulate the sale of acid in accordance with the directions by Supreme Court.
The court also reproduced the judgment by the apex court and directed that it be forwarded to District Development Commissioner Srinagar for compliance with immediate effect. “The Commissioner is expected to take immediate necessary measures to ensure compliance of the directions,” the court added.
As per the Supreme Court directions, sale of acid is completely prohibited over the counter unless the seller maintains a log/registered recording the sale of acid which will contain the details of the person to whom it is sold and the quantity sold.
All dealers should sell the chemical only after the buyer shows a government-issued photo identity card and specifies the purpose of purchase, the SC says.
The seller should submit the details of sale to the local police within three days of the transaction; no acid should be sold to any person under 18 years of age, and all stocks must be declared with the local sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in 15 days. Undeclared stocks could be confiscated and the defaulter fined up to Rs 50, 000.
“In addition, all educational institutions shall maintain a register of usage of acid and file the same with the local police and the SDM concerned. Further, the institutions should make a person accountable for possession and safe keeping of acid; acid should be stored under the supervision of this person and there should be compulsory checking of students/personnel leaving the laboratories where acid is used,” the SC direction adds.