Kathmandu, December 23
The Kathmandu District Court has sentenced Jeevan BK, the perpetrator of the February 22 acid attack on two teenage schoolgirls, to 10 years in prison.
Court Registrar Dhruba Kumar Upreti, informed that a single bench of Judge Hari Pratap KC issued the verdict on Sunday after BK (20) was found guilty of throwing acid on the schoolgirls.
The defendant also confessed to throwing acid on a 15-year-old to take revenge for ‘all insults against him by the girl and her family.’ A 16-year-old, who was sitting next to the targeted girl, had also suffered burn injuries in the incident at Jhonchhe, Basantapur.
BK of Ramechhap was awarded a 10-year jail sentence as per the ‘Attempt to Murder’ Chapter of the Muluki Ain under ground that acid throwing may result in the death of a victim. It is the maximum jail-term provisioned by the ‘Attempt to Murder’ Chapter of the Muluki Ain.
Prem Magar, father of the 15-year-old victim, told THT that his family was happy with the verdict. “Though we somewhat felt a sense of justice for what had happened to my young daughter, she will have to suffer and live with the scars left behind by the attack.”
A version of this article appears in print on December 24, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.