Wednesday, December 19, 2018

SC Stays Gallows for Two Death Row Convicts in Rape, Murder Case

19 JANUARY 2016 Last Updated at 8:50 PM SOCIETY

The Supreme Court has stayed the the execution of two prisoners who were awarded death for raping and murder of a minor and a young executive in separate incidents in Mumbai and Delhi. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur issued notice to Delhi and Maharashtra governments and sought their replies on the appeals filed by the two condemned prisoners. The bench, also comprising justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi, stayed the execution of death sentence till the appeals of both the convicts - Vinod alias Chhotu from Delhi and Prakash Nishad from Mumbai, are decided.

The death sentence awarded to Vinod alias Chhotu was upheld by Delhi High Court on August 26, 2014 along with two other convicts for abducting, gangraping and killing a 19-year-old girl who was working in Gurgaon's Cyber City. Besides, Vinod alias Chhotu, the High Court has also upheld death sentence for two other convicts-- Rahul and Ravi--saying the crime and the criminal tests are satisfied in the case and death sentence can be awarded. Vinod approached the apex court against the conviction. The girl, was abducted by the trio in a car near her house in Qutub Vihar here and was gangraped and murdered by them on February 9, 2012.

Police while seeking death sentence for the trio had said that the victim's mutilated body was found three days after the incident from a field in Rodhai village in Haryana's Rewari district. It had said the convicts had poured acid into the victim's eyes and inserted a broken liquor bottle in her private parts.

In the case of Prakash Nishad, the death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court on November 18, 2015, for raping, sodomising and then brutally murdering a six-year-old girl in Bhayander, a Mumbai suburb, in 2010. On June 11, 2010, the minor girl, who lived with her family in Bhayander, went missing when she stepped out to play after dinner. The next day her naked body was found in the gutter. The police probe led to Nishad's house, where the investigators found blood-stained tiles in the room and clothes of the minor.

Source: (Accessed 19 December 2018)

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