A city court on Tuesday awarded death penalty to a man for slitting the throat of his employer’s four-year-old “defenceless” son.
The minor and his sister tried to resist the man’s attempt to rape their elder sibling.
Calling the act of Sanjay Dass, 22, “diabolic of superlative degree”, the court convicted him for murder, rape, attempt to murder and theft. The court said his offence was of “rarest of rare” category that warrants capital punishment.
“I am of the view that the present case is rarest of rare. The convict had acted in a well-calculated manner. He committed murder of a four-year-old boy in a gruesome madness by slitting his throat. He entered into mindless killing spree and attacked the 17-year-old and nine-year-old girls,” Additional Sessions Judge Babu Lal said.
The court said, “Life was withering away from the body of the four-year-old and blood was splattered on whole of floor of the bedroom. In that scene even, he did not desist from committing rape on the 17-year-old girl.”
It rejected Das’ plea for leniency on the ground that he was just 19 years old at the time of offence and that his employer forced him to have homosexual relations with him.
“The allegations levelled by the convict against the complainant are an afterthought,” the court said.
Das, a resident of Mudhubani in Bihar, filed several applications to plead guilty but the court dismissed them and preferred to conduct a trial.
Das, who was hired just five days before the incident, had brutally killed the boy, raped the girl and hurt her younger sibling with knife on October 19, 2006. He then fled from the employer’s residence in Roop Nagar in north Delhi before being arrested in Haridwar a day later.
The court also took into consideration “the conduct of the convict and defenseless and unprotected state of victims” and referred to the guidelines laid down by the SC in several judgments including that of Dhananjoy Chatterjee to send the convict to the gallows.
The court specially noted the circumstances in which the accused raped the 17-year-old girl to conclude “his acts were diabolic of superlative degree and cruel in execution”.
According to the prosecution, Das slit the boy's throat and when the knife got stuck in the victim’s neck, he rushed to the kitchen and picked another knife to give blows to the two sisters.
“In such a mayhem, if the accused could perform sexual intercourse with the victim, it only shows his depraved character.”