In a case of rape and murder of a minor girl, the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a 53-year-old man, holding it wasn’t possible for him to reform or rehabilitate if he was imprisoned for life.
“The rape of a minor girl child is nothing but a monstrous burial of her dignity in the darkness. It is a crime against the holy body of a girl child and the soul of the society and such a crime is aggravated by the manner in which it has been committed,” said a three-judge bench of justices Dipak Misra, Rohinton Nariman and UU Lalit.
The three declared the case could be termed as rarest of the rare, warranting death, as the accused was known to the child and took advantage of the trust reposed on him. The man deserved no sympathy and leniency, the court said.
The verdict is a departure from the recent trend wherein SC had refrained from sentencing convicts to death in murder cases, opening a window for reformation. Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012.
Out of these, 24,470 were allegedly committed by relative or neighbour.
In other words, the victim knew the alleged rapist in 98% of the cases.
The incident dealt by the court dates back to March 2008. The accused, Vasanta Sampat Dupare, was married and a neighbour whom the “helpless child” addressed as an uncle. He lured her on the pretext of buying chocolates for her, took her an isolated place, assaulted and killed her.
There was no remorse on the part of the accused as he also destroyed evidence by washing his clothes after the crime.