Thursday, April 9, 2015

West Bengal - Man gets death sentence, mother life

Press Trust of India  |  Berhampore (WB)  March 26, 2015 Last Updated at 21:07 IST

A man was awarded death sentence and his mother life imprisonment by a local court today for gouging out the eyes of a child and strangulating him to death about six years ago.

Berhampore additional district judge Anita Mathur passed the order against Babu Mollah (35) and his mother Manjuma (60). 

Five-and-a-half-year-old Sohail Biswas, son of a neighbour, was enticed by Manjuma to their house at Durlabhpara village in Jalangi on April 6, 2009. 

The two gouged out the child's eyes and Mollah, who is visually impaired, strangulated him to death. The search for the missing boy ended after his body was found in a gunny bag from a pond near his home four days later. 

A complaint was lodged with the police by Sohail's parents and Manjuma was arrested after villagers said they had seen her throwing the bag into the pond. 

During the trial the two confessed that they had gouged out the child's eyes to facilitate cornea transplant for Mollah. They then strangulated him out of fear of being caught. 

The court had passed a similar order in the case on August 30, 2013. The mother and the son had approached Kolkata High Court which then sent back the case for the review. The court upheld its earlier judgement today.

Source: [last accessed 09 April 2015]

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