10 Nov 2011, 08:43 - Chandigarh , Lalit Kumar
A Sangrur Court Wednesday ordered one Mukesh Kumar to be hanged to death in a case of murder of his four-day-old daughter. This award of capital punishment is perhaps the first-of-its-kind in a case of female infanticide.
Sangrur District and Sessions Judge MS Chauhan in his order noted "Five million girls were eliminated between 1986 and 2001 because of foetal sex determination done by unethical medical professionals."
In this case the victim was a new-born girl child. The judge noted that, "the accused, it seems, had scripted her obituary much before she was born. This is the story of an unnamed infant; probably this is the first decision which cannot even refer to the victim by her name. She was eliminated before she could have one!.. A smile was lost forever. The moral regression of the people of India has not been crippled by the penal laws. The policy of persuasion has failed".
The prosecution had argued that the accused intentionally caused the death of his daughter three days after her birth. The judge stated that the only punishment that can be awarded to the convict is the extreme penalty of death.
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