Delhi HC Denies Bail to Acid Attack accused, Citing Severe and Lasting Consequences

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Published on: 10 September 2023 at 09:00 IST

The Delhi High Court has denied bail to an appellant-applicant in an acid attack case, underscoring the profound and enduring impact of such attacks, which often result in life-changing injuries, not only inflicting physical pain but also leaving emotional scars that may never heal.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma highlighted the brutal and devastating nature of acid attacks, characterizing them as among the most heinous crimes in contemporary society.

These attacks not only cause significant physical pain but also inflict emotional trauma that can last a lifetime. The court acknowledged the lasting damage by referencing the victim’s 41% disability in her right eye as a result of the acid attack.

The court further stressed that acid attacks send shockwaves through communities, fostering fear and anxiety, making the role of the court in granting or denying bail of vital significance in such cases.

The case involved an attack on Dr. A by two men on a motorcycle who snatched her bag and threw acid on her face, resulting in serious injuries to her face and eye.

The police were alerted by two PCR calls, leading to the filing of an FIR under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The applicant argued that he should be granted bail as he was not the main conspirator, claiming that he worked as a compounder for another doctor who sought revenge against the victim. He also cited that he had been in custody for nine years, close to the statutory punishment period for such crimes.

The court’s decision noted that the victim had suffered a 41% disability in her right eye and endured unquantifiable fear, anxiety, and psychological pain.

The psychological trauma she faced daily remained unseen but was significant.

Recognizing the profound consequences of its decisions, particularly in cases involving heinous crimes such as acid attacks, the court emphasized the need to establish a formidable deterrent against such offenses.

The court expressed dissatisfaction with the nine-year delay in the trial and directed the Trial Court to prioritize the case, aiming for its conclusion within four months.

The court also allowed the applicant to reapply for bail if the trial is not concluded within the stipulated time.

In conclusion, the court denied bail to the applicant, disposing of the application.

Case Title: Vaibhav Kumar v State NCT of Delhi & Anr.

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