Tuesday, December 25, 2018

HC commutes death penalty of rape convict (Madhya Pradesh)

Written by Milind Ghatwai |Bhopal |Published: October 27, 2018 2:00:30 am

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday commuted to rigorous imprisonment for 20 years the death sentence awarded to a rickshaw driver who was accused of penetrating a four-year-old girl with his finger after a five-day trial.

Rajkumar Kol, who drove the minor to school, was handed capital punishment on July 27 by a special (POCSO) court in Katni. The 33-year-old was arrested on July 7, three days after the incident, and the trial began on July 23. Between July 23 and July 2, 20 witnesses were examined while Rajkumar’s statement was recorded on July 26.

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cited the five-day trial in Katni as a case that should be publicised so that people with demonic mentality get scared. A division bench of Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla held that the act of the accused inserting a finger into the private part of the victim amounts to rape under Section 375 of IPC, but the manner in which the offence was committed was not barbaric and brutal.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/hc-commutes-death-penalty-of-rape-convict-5420586/ (Accessed 25 December 2018)

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