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Supreme Court: ‘A Crime Of This Nature Does Not Deserve Any Kind Of Clemency’

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| March 19 , 2019 , 09:28 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday said ‘a crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency.’The top court decided an appeal filed by the Himachal Pradesh government against a March 2018 judgment of the State high court, which reduced their 10-year jail term by half.

“A crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency. This court cannot be oblivious of the situation that the victim must have suffered emotional distress which cannot be compensated either by sentencing the accused or by grant of any compensation,” a bench of justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi observed in a judgment.

The apex court observed this while asking two convicts, who have already undergone five-year jail for throwing acid on a 19-year-old girl in 2004, to pay Rs 1.5 lakh each as additional compensation to the victim.

"Indeed, it cannot be ruled out that in the present case the victim had suffered an uncivilized and heartless crime committed by the respondents (two convicts) and there is no room for leniency which can be conceived," a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi said.

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The bench further said, "A crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency. This court cannot be oblivious of the victim must have suffered emotional distress which cannot be compensated either by sentencing the accused or by grant of  any compensation."

The victim was attacked while on her way to college in July 2004. They came on a two-wheeler and threw acid at her. She suffered 16% burns. The court said it must have been the “darkest day of her life.”

The apex court further directed the State to pay compensation to the girl under the victim compensation scheme and deposit the same before the trial court within three months.

The Supreme Court had, in April 2015 in the Laxmi case, passed several far-reaching directions, some of which include making the private health industry responsible for providing mandatory and free care to acid attack victims.

The court had also made private hospitals across the country liable to provide full and free medical treatment to victims. The term ‘treatment’ included reconstructive surgery, free medicines, bed, rehabilitation, and aftercare.

The Supreme Court had further mandated all States to fix ₹3 lakh as minimum compensation for victims. It had directed the Home and Health Ministries, and the National Legal Services Authority to take up the issue with the State governments.

Bruce

It's very true. A crime of this nature does not deserve any kind of clemency. 19-years-old should be the most beautiful days of a girl, she had a bright future, until that day. The scar can't be healed, the pain she has suffered, the time she lost... 10 years is not even enough to pay back what the victim has suffered. instagram hashtags