Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Gujarat HC confirms death penalty for sodomy, murder
TNN | Updated: Apr 4, 2019, 12:15 IST
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence given to a labourer, Shambhu Padhiyar, who sodomised and murdered a four-year-old boy at Piludra village of Bharuch district in April 2016.
A sessions court in Bharuch had condemned him to death last April, treating the crime as “rarest of the rare”. This capital punishment was approved by the bench of Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice A C Rao after the state government sought confirmation of it. The high court rejected the convict’s appeal against his conviction. The court said that no mercy can be shown for such a heinous offence, particularly when there are demands for justice from all corners of society.
According to the case details, the four-year-old was playing near his house on April 13, 2016, when Padhiyar lured him by offering to buy him ice-cream. The boy’s aunt saw Padhiyar walk away with the boy and immediately asked him where he was taking him. Padhiyar told her that he was going to buy him ice-cream.
Padhiyar then took him into some bushes behind a dargah near the village pond, where he sodomised him. Padhiyar then strangled the boy to death and fled. When the boy’s body was found, a complaint of murder, kidnapping, and violation of Sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered at Vedach police station in Jambusar taluka. After the postmortem confirmed that the boy was sexually assaulted, Padhiyar was also booked under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with unnatural sex.
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/hc-confirms-death-penalty-for-sodomy-murder/articleshow/68712362.cms (accessed on 29 May 2019)