HC confirms death for man who raped pregnant woman
Four years after Sanjay Abhang, 26, raped a pregnant woman and killed her grandmother-in-law, the Bombay high court confirmed the death sentence for the Pune-based motor mechanic stating “he was apparently hungry for blood like a beast.”mumbai Updated: Mar 26, 2011 01:14 IST
Four years after Sanjay Abhang, 26, raped a pregnant woman and killed her grandmother-in-law, the Bombay high court confirmed the death sentence for the Pune-based motor mechanic stating “he was apparently hungry for blood like a beast.”
The court compared the circumstances of the incident and found that the weapon used by Abhang for the crime was specially procured and was sharper than a butcher’s knife.
“It speaks of intention and the character of the accused, and his motivation not to stop at robbery,” the bench observed on Friday, referring to an earlier case of robbery involving the convict.
Abhang had dropped out of college after Class 12 and migrated to Pune three years ago, where he got a job as a motor mechanic.
On September 10, 2007, Abhang went to the victim’s flat at Purple Castle Society in Bibvewadi, claiming to have been sent by her husband to fix their car. On entering the flat, he assaulted the four months pregnant woman and her 65-year-old grandmother-in-law.
Additional public prosecutor Madhavi Mhatre had told the court that Abhang snatched the elderly woman’s gold chain, but when she told him that her bangles were fake ones, he got angry and he chopped off her left wrist and four fingers of her right hand.
The court also took note of the fact that Abhang could have fled after stealing the jewellery worth Rs 45,000.
“But when he noticed the elderly woman moving, he assaulted her again and ensured she was dead.”
He then raped the pregnant woman and tried to beat her to death. She survived because she got timely medical help.
The local police arrested Abhang on May 19, 2007, and the Pune sessions court sentenced him to death in May 2010.
“The behaviour of the accused… makes it clear that he is likely to be a menace to… society,” observed the division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice Abhay Thipase, while confirming the death sentence.