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SC dismisses Calcutta HC order of acquitting the accused of Acid Attack

Team SoOLEGAL 14 Aug 2017 12:05pm

SC dismisses Calcutta HC order of acquitting the accused of Acid Attack

The Trial Court awarded death sentence to Patra and life imprisonment to his associate Rabin Rana but the Calcutta High Court acquitted them both on grounds of lack of evidence and materials before the court were not good enough to convict the accused.

In a Fresh Petition on the case, the Supreme Court on Friday, spotlighted the rising cases of acid attacks despite the existence penal laws and enforcement agencies, stating that acid attacks are deep rooted gender biased criminal activity against haples women and should be removed from the society. SC also noted that enforcement agencies and stringent laws are not sufficient enough to restore law and order against such crimes.

In its Judgment, Supreme Court division bench comprising Justices Prafulla C. Pant and N. V. Ramana, held the verdict passed by Calcutta High Court on dismissing the charges of rape, assualt, kidnapping and attempt to murder against the main accused. The Court reversed the judgment, sentencing the main accused Patra for life imprisonment and releasing his associate Rabin from all charges on the grounds that he had no motive and intent to commit the crime and might have accompanied the accused to threaten the victim to drop the rape case. The victim was raped and afterward she was attacked by acid on her face and she succumbed to her injuries in September 1998.

The petition was filed by the Brother of the victim seeking cancellation of Calcutta High Court’s order of acquitting both the accused. The trial court sentenced the primary accused Patra of Death Sentence and Rabin to life imprisonment.

In the final Judgment, Justice Ramana, expressed that acid attacks have transformed itself into a gender based crime because most of the victims of such cases are women. Highlighting the fact that acid attacks bot only destroys a person’s physical beauty and health but also causes immense psychological trauma thereby becoming an all time obstacle in overall development of the victim. 

Even after the existence of a strict law against such crimes, the acid attack cases are still on the rise, the Judge mentioned.   

Tagged: Calcutta high court   Justice Ramana   Supreme Court  
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