I REFER to the report, "Wireman charged with murder over acid attack" (NST, April 26).
An accounts clerk was splashed with acid during a botched snatch theft in a bus stop recently.
The victim, while in hospital with a full face bandage, wrote a desperate note to her husband asking whether she would be able to see and talk again.
The woman lapsed into a coma and died a week later without regaining consciousness.
The report had a picture of the charged wireman N. Sritharan, 19, who faces the death sentence for murder.
The wireman had his face tilted downwards, away from the camera, and feeling as though the whole world was crashing down on him.
He would have been the most hated person that day.
But our justice system says one is innocent until proven guilty.
Many questions came to mind as I saw the picture of the young man.
What was his family background like? Where did he come from? Who were his friends?
What was his educational background? He is only 19. Why would anyone allegedly splash acid on another?
Young people who end up in jail are a product of our society. No man is an island.
Somewhere along the life of the perpetrator, some of the people who had come into contact and relationship with him had failed in their responsibility and duty to his upbringing.
The parents and family members are accountable and responsible, too.