Acid attack: PIL seeks investigation, amendment in CrPC

Acid attack: PIL seeks investigation, amendment in CrPC

Demands implementation of Supreme Court guidelines on acid sale

 Srinagar, Dec 15: The J&K High Court Bar Association Monday sought investigation into the recent acid attack on a law student in Srinagar by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, while seeking amendments in the J&K Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). 21-year-old student was injured when unidentified car-borne youth attacked her with acid outside her college in Nowshehra area of East City on December 11.

“A Special Investigation Team headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police be constituted for investigating the case registered by Police Station Soura in relation to incident of acid throwing on a law student at Nowshera (Srinagar) wherein the student sustained serious burn injuries on her face while her right eye was damaged,” states the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Bar through its General Secretary, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat.

The petition seeks directions to the SIT to submit its progress of investigation to the court on weekly basis so that appropriate orders are passed from time to time. It also seeks implementation of directions and guidelines passed by the Supreme Court in the case titled LaxmiVs Union of India and others. 

Besides, the petition also seeks to amend the J&K Criminal Procedure Code and insertion of the provisions like Section 357-A of Central Code of Criminal Procedure therein.

The petitioner seeks a scheme for providing funds to the victim or her dependents who suffered loss or injury as a result of the crime and who requires rehabilitation. It demands payment of Rs 3 lakh to the victim forthwith so that she receives minimum medical attention and is able to meet the expenses in that regard.

The petition also seeks directions to the state government through its Chief Secretary for taking necessary steps in getting the order of the Supreme Court (in the case titled LaxmiVs Union of India and others) translated in vernacular press and publicizing the same for information of public.

The petition pleads that all District Magistrates of J&K be directed to follow the guidelines/directions of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit and ensure that no acid is sold to any person in violation of the apex court directions.

“According to Greater Kashmir report dated 15-12-2014 the accused tried to flee from Srinagar and catch a flight from the Srinagar 

Airport, but did not succeed,” the petition states while seeking arrest of the accused and investigation of the case by a high-level team of police officers headed by a DIG.

“Newspapers highlighted that the Supreme Court of India had imposed a ban over the counter sale of acid but authorities are unaware of it,” the petition reads, referring to newspaper reports highlighting the issue.

The petition also states:  “Newspapers have also reported that the apex court directions were reiterated by Principal Sessions Judge Srinagar in February this year while convicting a youth who had attacked a girl with acid near Parraypora in 2013 and it directed the District Magistrate Srinagar to file a compliance report with immediate effect.

But no report was filed.” Reyaz Ahmad Nath of Chanapora Srinagar was convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for attacking a girl in Parraypora. 

On December 11, 21-year-old law student was injured in an acid attack by unidentified car-borne youth outside her college in Nowshehra area of East City. The unidentified assailants sprinkled acid on her face from a white Maruti 800, police had said, adding “The vehicle had no number plate but ‘MANSA’ pasted on its rear windscreen.”