Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Two death penalties to convict for raping and murdering two-year-old (Maharashtra)
By Express News Service |Nagpur |Updated: August 15, 2015 3:39:00 pm
Shatrughan Masram, 21, the child’s maternal uncle, had committed the crime February 11, 2013 at Zatala in Ghatanji tehsil of Yavatmal.
A Court in Yavatmal has convicted a person of brutally raping and murdering a two-year old girl and has sentenced him to two death penalties and two life sentences. While one of the two death sentences has been awarded under Section 302 of the IPC, the other has been handed down under the amended Section 376, now called 376 (a). The two life sentences were granted under 376 (2) (f) (I) (m) (rape by familiar person) and Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
This is probably the first anywhere that death sentence has been awarded under amended rape law. Shatrughan Masram, 21, the child’s maternal uncle, had committed the crime February 11, 2013 at Zatala in Ghatanji tehsil of Yavatmal. He had taken away the two year old child from the house of Pundlik Masram where the parents had kept her for some time. He was caught by the parents when they looked for the daughter after coming to know that she was taken away by Masram. The couple rushed their daughter to a hospital where she was declared brought dead. She had several bite marks on her body, indicating the brutality of the crime.
Sessions judge A C Chaphale termed it as “rarest of the rare case” and that the convict deserved the gallows since he had no chance of any reform given the brutality and depravity showed and was a threat to the society.
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra/two-death-penalties-to-convict-for-raping-and-murdering-two-year-old/ (Accessed on 18 December 2018)