Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Court awards death sentence to man convicted of rape and murder of infant (Manipur)

IMPHAL | Jul 31, 2018 : 

In a landmark judgment special judge of POCSO, Senapati, A. Noutuneshwari Devi, today awarded death penalty to a 21-year-old man, by hanging till death for rape and murder of a 4 year old girl three years ago.

R. David, 21 year old man
This is the first death sentence awarded to a convict in Manipur post-independence of the country. The last death sentence was awarded to three war heroes of Manipur by the British in August 13, 1891, for waging war against the Empire. The court announced the judgment a day after 21 years old, R. David was convicted under section 6 POCSO Act and 302 IPC for committing the crime. As per police report it was Christmas day 2015, when the 4 year old victim was raped and murdered at stable in the vicinity of Maram Kavanam Village.

The convict was arrested on December 27, 2015 after the Mao police took up a suo motto case in connection with the rape and murder of the minor girl. According to police report, the crime committed by the accused was all known by the villagers but it was settled through customary law between the two families after compensating for the death. “In fact, it is one of the rarest of the rare cases which happened in a remote village and without considering the gravity of the offence committed, the victim was buried following customary practice. If such an offence committed by the convict is taken lightly then there will be no safe place for our children in the society”, said the judgment order of the court.

Following the suo motto, on December 28, 2015 the body of the deceased girl was exhumed and post mortem conducted in presence of a magistrate. Signs of strangulation and sexual assault then was establashed. On July 5, 2018, the court framed charge against the accused under section 6 POCSO Act and 302 IPC after examining 21 witnesses. “There is no mitigating factor to deter in other alternative punishment. In my considered view, maximum punishment should be awarded and it should be any eye opener for the society at large in order to prevent such brutal and heinous crime in our society. This court has delivered justice to the victim as well as to the society through earnest effort given by the investigation agency especially the then 2nd OC of Mao police station”. The court also recommended for awarding the compensation of Rs. 25 lakhs to the deceased mother as per NALSA.

Source: https://www.ifp.co.in/page/items/51035/court-awards-death-sentence-to-man-convicted-of-rape-and-murder-of-infant/ (Accessed 25 December 2018)

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