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."
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.