Thursday, August 1, 2013

Death for Kerala child rapist-killer

Thursday, 01 August 2013 | PNS | Malappuram
A court in Kerala’s Malappuram district on Wednesday sentenced a middle-aged man for raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl. 
Pronouncing the death sentence on rapist-killer Abdul Nasser of Palambarambath, Nellikkuthu in the district, the Malappuram District and Sessions Court in Manjeri observed that the accused did not deserve even a speck of mercy. It had pronounced Nasser guilty of the crime the other day.The court said that the sentence should serve as a warning to many in the context of the increasing incidents of atrocities against children. Nasser had raped and killed nine-year-old Salva, daughter of Suhra of Elluparambu on April 4, 2012.
According to the prosecution, Nasser had raped Salva when she had come to his house at 6.30 am on the day of the crime to call his daughter Majida, her classmate, to go to the local Madrassa.Nasser, who was alone in the house as his wife and daughter had gone to a nearby house where a death had occurred, called her inside the house and raped her.
After raping the child, Nasser strangulated her using a shawl when she said she would inform her parents of the incident. He then hid the child’s body first in the kitchen and then in the bath room, the prosecution said. Nasser said that he had nothing to say when the court asked him for his response to the sentence. Salva’s mother Suhra said she had expected the court’s decision.
The prosecution had charged Sections 376 (rape), 301 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code against Nasser. The court found Nasser guilty of the first two charges but observed that the prosecution had not been able to prove the charge of destruction of evidence.
The prosecution had produced in the court evidences like bloodstains of Salva found from Nasser’s house, the shawl with which he had strangulated the girl, etc. As many as 46 witnesses were examined in the case.

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