Nearly five years after Kalu Singh raped and murdered a minor girl in the Rangamati locality of Baliapur, a court in Dhanbad awarded death sentence to him on Tuesday, terming the incident a “rarest of rare crime”.
The death sentence came less than a month after special court in Delhi awarded death sentence to four accused in last year’s December 16 gang rape and murder of a paramedical student in a moving bus in the nation’s capital. Another accused, a minor when the crime was committed, was tried in a juvenile court and awarded three-year jail term. The gruesome gang rape had sparked outrage across the country and forced the government to bring in more stringent anti-rape laws.
Convict Kalu Singh alias Kashi Nath, in his early thirties, had raped 14-year-old Pinki (name changed) when she had gone out to answer nature’s call in the wee hours of November 3, 2007 in the Rangamati locality of Baliapur. He had then smashed her head with a large stone killing her instantly. The convict was a resident of the same locality.
The court of Ram Sharma, the additional district and session’s judge-VI of Dhanbad civil court, said that the incident fell in the “rarest of rare category” and hence the accused deserved no mercy. Dressed in spotless white shirt and trousers, Kalu Singh showed no emotion when the order was passed.
The court awarded death sentence to Kalu Singh under Section 302 (murder) of IPC besides a fine of Rs. 20,000 and 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000 under Section 376 (rape).
The court also directed police to pay an amount of Rs. 50, 000, if realised from the convict, to the family of the victim.
The court had found him guilty on September 30.
Kalu Singh was found guilty by the court after examining 22 witnesses including the victim’s late mother and brother Vikash Mondal, besides other villagers who had seen Kalu fleeing from the scene after committing the crime. Kalu was arrested the next day. The girl’s mother had passed away last year.
Additional public prosecutor Dhananjay Singh expressed satisfaction over the judgment and said he had firm belief the accused would be awarded capital punishment as all 22 witnesses had deposed against Kalu Singh.
The victim’s brother, a farmer, said “it is a day of contentment for me as the souls of both my sister and mother would now be able to rest in peace.”
The lawyers of the accused said that they would move a “higher court for justice”.