Acid throwers in India could soon be facing a life-term. A counsel of the federal government told the apex court that it was considering making acid-throwing a serious offence.
The Centre's response came on a public interest litigation petition filed by Laxmi, a teenaged Delhiite who now fears to venture out as her face was disfigured in an acid attack. Through lawyer Aparna Bhat, she had sought a direction from the court for enacting a law that provided exemplary punishment to those throwing acid on girls as also a sound rehabilitation scheme for the victims.
Additional solicitor general Mohan Parasaran Monday told a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam that "there is a change in thinking in the government parlance and it is in favour of making it a serious offence by amending the provision of IPC dealing with such crimes."
The bench said, "Acid attack is a serious offence. There is no doubt about it," and granted government eight weeks time to come before the court with a concrete proposal in this regard.
By proposing to equate acid attack with the provisions of Section 326, the government intends to bring it on a par with a crime that involves causing grievous injuries using deadly weapons, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, Times of India reported.