The two had recently challenged before the Delhi high court their jail terms given by a trial court, arguing that there was no proof that the liquid they poured on the woman was acid or another corrosive substance.
Dismissing their appeal, the high court noted that as per Section 326A of the Indian Penal Code, the word ‘acid’ doesn’t refer to only substances that are scientifically termed as ‘acids’ but also includes all such chemicals that have acidic or corrosive or burning nature and are capable of causing scarring or disfigurement and temporary or permanent disability.
‘Fine collected from convicts should go to acid attack survivor’
Delhi High Court, while upholding the life term of two men in an acid attack case, said a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh imposed on each convict should be given to the woman. A bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal fixed the amount taking note of the gravity of the offence and its extensive impact on the life and livelihood of the woman survivor.
According to the prosecution, even before the attack in 2014, she was being harassed by one of the convicts and she had even lodged a complaint against him.
Rejecting the contention of the two that there was no proof that the substance poured on the woman was acid, the Delhi HC noted that testimonies of all medical experts were “clearly and categorically dispositive” of the fact that the victim “suffered serious chemical burns”. Therefore, the “nature of the substance is clearly of acidic/corrosive/burning nature”, it said.
The high court also rejected the appellants’ claim that the victim had “fabricated” the case, saying it was “impossible to accept that any person would go through such tremendous pain and intense medical process just to implicate somebody falsely for an assault”.