Acid Attacker Sentenced to Death In Historic Landmark Ruling

Acid Attacker killed 23-year-old for rejecting a marriage proposal

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Credit: Hindustan Times

Preeti Rathi was just 23 when she was murdered at a busy railway station back in 2013. Preeti had just arrived in Delhi and was to join the Indian Navy as a nurse. It was then that her neighbour Ankur Panwar found and killed her in a violent acid attack for rejecting his marriage proposal. Preeti died a month later.

Now, Panwar, 25, has been sentenced to death for his brutal killing, the first such of its kind. The special court that convicted him said his crime was among the ‘rarest of the rare’ and justified capital punishment.

As part of new measures aimed at curbing acid attacks, which have seen a rise in prominence in India and even the UK, the Indian Supreme Court ordered federal and state governments to regulate acid sales.

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