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Esther case: Sanap to be sentenced on Friday

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2015 00:47 IST
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Esther Anuhya

Chandrabhan Sanap outside the Arthur Road jail on Wednesday. (Sandeep Mahankal)

Terming the rape and murder of techie Esther Anuhya “crime against society”, the prosecution on Wednesday sought capital punishment for convict Chandrabhan Sanap. The special women’s will pronounce the sentence on Friday.

Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare said there was a need to give strict punishment to create a society, where women are not insecure. “Violent crimes against women have increased, which is not a good sign. Women work in night shifts. If it leads to insecurity, it is not a good for society or even the law. Such offences deserve the death penalty,” Thakare said.

“A working professional comes to Mumbai for work and gets killed. There are no words to console the family. One can’t imagine what the family must have gone through? What would any father feel on seeing his daughter’s decomposed body and identifying it with the help of her belongings? The accused deserves no mercy or sympathy,” he said.

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Meanwhile, as part of procedure, special judge Vrushali Joshi called Sanap to submit his contention on the sentence. As soon as he stood in the witness box, Sanap broke down.

Sanap’s advocate Prakash Salsingikar told the court the case does not fall in the category of rarest of rare. He commenced his argument stating imprisonment for life is the rule, while death penalty is exception. Salsingikar said there was a possibility that Sanap would be reformed, so the theory of deterrent punishment cannot be invoked against him.

“The accused always wanted to reform. He felt guilty after he committed the crime. It was his guilt which dragged him to a priest to perform a puja to wash away his sins. This proves he wanted to reform,” Salsingikar said.

The prosecution, however, said there is no possibility of reform and there is no other option but to award a capital punishment to him.

The prosecution also pointed out he had been booked in many cases and is a habitual