As the death penalty awarded to the killer of Preeti Rathi, who passed away in an acid attack in 2013, was commuted to life sentence, her mother Roshni Devi has pledged to fight for justice come what may. Roshni Devi stated that despite being alone and shattered, she won’t give up her fight as there was no one to support the daughters of the country.
Roshni Devi expressed her grief on the Bombay High Court order on Tuesday during the Debate with Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. Roshni Devi poured out, “There is no one. I’ve been completely alone and shattered. But I want justice for my daughter. If every parent feels disheartened and loses hope, then who will support the daughters.”
She also vented her fury at the attacker Ankur Panwar for harassing Preeti before her death and asked what he had achieved by taking her daughter’s life. Roshni Devi also shared that Preeti’s father had passed away in grief of the death of Preeti.
Preeti’s brother Hitesh Rathi also expressed his unhappiness over the first case of an acid attacker being given a death sentence, being commuted to life sentence. He asserted that they are planning to move the Supreme Court against the verdict.
Arnab Goswami introduced the heart-wrenching incident as, “Six years back, she was on her way to join the military as a nurse to serve the nation. She was attacked at a Mumbai station, acid was thrown at her face and she would succumb to the attack. Six years later, her killer’s death sentence has been commuted to life. Priti Rathi’s family is fighting their second battle for justice tonight.”
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On May 2, 2013, Preeti, a 23-year-old nurse from Delhi, was on her way to the Navy Hospital in Colaba, for her first job. As soon as she alighted at Bandra station, Ankur Panwar attacked her with acid. A month later, she passed away due to multiple-organ failure.
A special court had awarded Panwar the death sentence in 2015. On Tuesday, his death sentence was commuted to life sentence by the Bombay High Court.