Tuesday, December 25, 2018
SC Stays Execution Of Death Penalty In 7-Yr-Old Rape And Murder Case (Uttar Pradesh)
BY: ASHOK KINI SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 7:07 PM
“The sex maniacs are prowling in the society like wild wolves to quench their sinful bodily lust. They leave no stone unturned. In this evil pursuit they even do not spare infants and children,” the high court had said in the judgment.
The Supreme Court has stayed execution of death penalty imposed on a man accused of rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl. Calling for the records from the high court, the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered that the death sentence imposed on Pappu shall not be executed. On 6 October 2017, a division bench of Allahabad High Court had affirmed conviction and death sentence imposed by the trial court on Pappu. The prosecution case was that accused Pappu allured the 7-year-old girl to provide her lychee as a prelude to his sinister design which resulted in her kidnapping, brutal rape, and gruesome murder; which culminated in concealing her dead body near the banks of a river beside the bushes. The session’s court had awarded death penalty to the accused after convicting him.
While confirming the death sentence, the bench had held that this is a ‘rarest of rare cases’ where the sentence of death is eminently desirable not only to deter others from committing such atrocious crimes but also to give emphatic expression to society’s an abhorrence of such crime. “The accused person-appellant Pappu who belonged to the same caste, social strata and native place of the deceased minor girl Amrata; allured her to provide her Lychee apparently as a prelude to his sinister design which resulted in her kidnapping, brutal rape and gruesome murder-as the numerous ante-mortem injuries on her person testify; which culminated in concealing her dead body near the banks of the river beside the bushes and innocent helpless and hapless girl of 7 years was subjected to such barbaric treatment by a person who was in a position to win her trust. His culpability is of enormous proportion and arouses a sense of revulsion in the mind of the common man,” the bench had remarked It had also said: “The sex maniacs are prowling in the society like wild wolves to quench their sinful bodily lust. They leave no stone unturned. In this evil pursuit they even do not spare infants and children.”
Source: https://www.livelaw.in/sc-stays-execution-of-death-penalty-in-7-yr-old-rape-and-murder-case-read-order/ (Accessed 25 December 2018)