Convict Ankur Lal Panwar sentenced to death in Preethi Rathi acid attack case


Mumbai: Mumbai Sessions Court gave death sentence to convict Ankur Panwar in the Preeti Rathi acid attack and murder case on Thursday. Delhi resident Ankur Panwar followed his neighbour from the Capital, 23-year-old Preeti Rathi, to Mumbai and attacked her outside the Bandra Terminus on May 2, 2013.

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It was her first day in the western Indian city, where she was supposed to join work as a nurse. Panwar attacked Rathi for declining his marriage proposal. She died of multiple organ failure a month later. Rathi’s brother, Hitesh, attacked Panwar soon after the verdict was announced.

Special women’s court judge AS Shende on Tuesday had found Panwar guilty of Rathi’s murder for throwing sulphuric acid on Rathi. The prosecution had demanded capital punishment for the convict, describing the act as gruesome, merciless and pre-planned.