Jealous Neighbour Killed Nurse In Mumbai With Acid Attack, Says Court

Man who threw acid on Delhi nurse convicted for murder


A young woman who moved to Mumbai to work as a nurse in the navy was murdered by an acid attack inflicted by her jealous neighbour, a court has ruled today.

Preeti Rathi, 23, who was from Delhi, was to begin work at a naval hospital in Mumbai in 2013. She had just reached the city after an overnight train journey with her father when a man tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around, he flung acid at her and disappeared.

Ankur Panwar was arrested nearly a year later. His family lived next door to Ms Rathi’s in Delhi. The police said he was jealous of her success and frustrated by his family goading him about being unemployed while lauding Ms Rathi as a success. So he allegedly took the same train to Mumbai that the Rathis were on, attacked the young woman, and then boarded another train departing Mumbai.

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

“Preeti had told her friend in hospital that Ankur used to harass her in Delhi and even tried to propose marriage to her. When she refused his advances, that’s when he decided to teach her a lesson,” said special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. “I will ask for the maximum sentence, that’s the death penalty.”(more)


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