HC enhances sentence to life in acid attack case

Bangalore, Feb 25 (PTI) The Karnataka High Court todayenhanced the six-year sentence awarded to a man convicted inan acid attack case to life term.

A division bench comprising Justice Manjula Chellur andJustice Keshav Narayan upheld the state''s plea which soughtlife sentence to Rajesh, who had been convicted to undergo sixyear rigorous imprisonment in an acid attack on a 16-year-oldgirl for rejecting his overtures six years ago.

Special Public Prosecutor H S Chandramouli in his appeal,described the "trend of disfiguring a beautiful girl as verydangerous" and pleaded that "the punishment given to theperson who had destroyed the life of a young girl was veryinadequate to the crime committed " and that should beenhanced to life.

Accordingly the court enhanced the sentence to life andalso imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the convict and furtherthree years rigorous imprisonment if he defaulted to pay thefine.

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