An Indian court has sentenced a man to death for killing his neighbor by throwing sulfuric acid at her for refusing to marry him three years ago.

It is the first death sentence given for an acid attack under stringent laws introduced by the government to curb crimes against women following the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in 2012.

Prosecutors said the Mumbai court sentenced Ankur Panwar on Thursday after finding him guilty of killing the 23-year-old woman, who died of serious burn injuries.

They said Panwar followed the woman on a train from New Delhi where they lived and attacked her with acid as she got off in Mumbai to begin a nursing career with the navy.