A Delhi court has awarded death penalty to a man for killing a six-and-half-year-old girl after raping and sodomising her, saying that he was a “menace” to the society, having committed the “brutal and grotesque” offence.
“There is no shadow of doubt that the offence has been committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting or dastardly manner that invited extreme indignation of the community and shocked the collective conscience of the society. The convict is a menace to the society,” Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh said.
The convict, Vinod, then 20, and a resident of Rohini, lured his minor neighbour on August 14, 2007, and raped and sodomised her before brutally beating her to death. He later chopped off one of her forearms to mislead the investigators.
Sending the convict to gallows, the court prepared a balance sheet of mitigating and aggravating circumstances and concluded that he cannot be reformed and deserved to be eliminated to save the society.
The court distinguished the case of the convict from that of the matters decided by the Supreme Court and said that “apart from vaginal and anal orifice, there were several injuries on other parts of the body”.