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"Not Death, But Every Day the Rising Sun Would Remind them of the Barbaric Acts Committed by them": Bombay High Court on Commuting Death Sentence in Shakti Mills Gang Rape

Lawstreet Journal 4 Dec 2021 1:44am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary "Not Death, But Every Day the Rising Sun Would Remind them of the Barbaric Acts Committed by them": Bombay High Court on Commuting Death Sentence in Shakti Mills Gang Rape

The Bombay High Court on Thursday (November 25, 2021) commuted the death penalty given to three men who gangraped a photojournalist in Mumbai in 2013 to life sentence, saying that the convicted men deserved to repent their offence and death  will put an end to the process of repentance, suffering and mental agony.

Observing that the convicts did not “deserve any leniency, empathy or sympathy”, a division bench of Justices Sadhana Jadhav and Prithviraj Chavan refused to confirm the death penalty awarded to Vijay Jadhav, Mohammad Qasim Bengali Shaikh and Mohammad Ansari, and commuted their sentence.

“Although the offence is barbaric and heinous, it cannot be said at the threshold that the accused deserve only death penalty and nothing less than that,” the bench said.

“They deserve imprisonment for life i.e. for the remainder of their natural life... Every day the rising sun would remind them of the barbaric acts committed by them and the night would lay them with a heavy heart filled with guilt and remorse,” said the bench, adding that the convicts “did not deserve to assimilate with the society, as it would be difficult to survive in a society of such men who look upon women with derision, depravity, contempt and objects of desire”.

On August 22, 2013, a 23-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped in the defunct Shakti Mills compound. Police investigation in the case revealed that a similar incident occurred on July 31, 2013, when an 18-year-old call centre employee was gang-raped by the same… Continue Reading...


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