Indore court awards man death sentence for Rape and murder of 4 month old

Team SoOLEGAL 14 May 2018 12:56pm

Indore court awards man death sentence for Rape and murder of 4 month old

Indore: Grave crime calls for quick and exemplary punishment. Generally courts take too long to decide on the case. But a court in Indore, Madhya Pradesh just after a 23-day trial awarded death sentence to a man who raped and killed a four-month-old girl in Madhya Pradesh last month. The Indore session court convicted Naveen Gadke of rape and murder of an infant and handed him a death sentence under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The infant was sleeping with her family on a street when the man took her to a vacant basement where he raped and killed her. Special public prosecutor Akram Sheikh had urged sessions court judge Varsha Sharma to treat the case as the "rarest of the rare" and award capital punishment to the man.

Terming it an "inhuman act", Ms Sharma said, "Such a small child who didn't know anything other than crying was treated inhumanly."

The conviction of Navik Gadke for the rape and murder of a three-month-old baby within 23 days of the crime being committed shows that a concerted effort by the police, local administration and the courts can deliver quick justice.

Although India has over 400 fast-track courts, disposal of cases by most of them is slow. Less than 10% of the cases are disposed of within a year of an alleged sexual assault, according to the National Crime Records Bureau report of 2016, which also shows that on average, a rape case takes two to three years for reaching a conclusion.

On April 20, the girl was sleeping with her parents, who sell balloons for a living, on the street outside the Rajwada Fort in Indore. Naveen, who is cousin of victim’s mother, was also lying next to them. Early in the morning, he took the infant to the vacant basement of a building, which was about 50 meters away from where they were sleeping, and raped her. As the baby kept crying, he killed her to shut up her.

Hours later the baby's body was found by a shopkeeper who had gone to the basement to open his shop. The baby's body had injury marks on her private parts and the head. The accused probably threw her to the ground, the police had said.

The police, during investigation scanned the CCTV footage of the area in which the accused was seen carrying the baby on his shoulder. The police and the administration built a water tight case where they provided matching of DNA as evidence which led to swift and exemplary punishment.

Tagged: Indore   POCSO   National Crime Records Bureau  
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