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Ex-gurdwara volunteer awarded death for rape, murder of two sisters

Parwan Singh was found guilty on August 20 after which justice Rama Pandey pronounced the punishment on Thursday, in the first case of a death penalty awarded by a POCSO court in Dehradun.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2018 17:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
This is the first case of a death penalty awarded by a POCSO court in Dehradun.(Representative image)

A 55-year-old former gurdwara volunteer has been sentenced to death for raping and murdering two minor sisters in Uttarakhand’s Rishikesh town in June last year by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act court.

Parwan Singh was found guilty on August 20 after which justice Rama Pandey pronounced the punishment on Thursday, in the first case of a death penalty awarded by a POCSO court in Dehradun.

Singh raped and murdered the two sisters, aged 13 and 3 years old, on June 15 last year in Shyampur area of Rishikesh town near Dehradun. He had committed the crime when the two girls were alone in their home. Their mother and brother were out of the house and their father was in a jail.

Rishikesh’s station house officer Praveen Koshiyari hailed the judgment said police had gathered crucial evidence against Singh during the investigation which helped them to get him convicted.

“The incident had happened at around 8.30am when the duo was alone. They were found lying unconscious in the house by their nine-year-old brother and aunt who entered from outside. Later in the hospital, the two were declared dead by doctors. The police were informed about the incident at around 12.30pm,” Koshiyari said.

The police officer said Singh was questioned during the initial investigations as he lived in the gurdwara near the victims’ house.

“Police found a deep bite mark on his hand and later found his facial hair from the hands of the deceased 13-year-old girl which matched during the DNA test,” he said.

“These two proved to be the most crucial evidence against him before the court apart from the confession to committing the crime after his

A 55-year-old former gurdwara volunteer or a sevadar has been sentenced to death for raping and murdering two minor sisters in Uttarakhand’s Rishikesh town in June last year by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act court.

Parwan Singh was found guilty on August 20 after which justice Rama Pandey pronounced the punishment on Thursday, in the first case of a death penalty awarded by a POCSO court in Dehradun.

Singh raped and murdered the two sisters, aged 13 and 3 years old, on June 15 last year in Shyampur area of Rishikesh town near Dehradun. He had committed the crime when the two girls were alone in their home. Their mother and brother were out of the house and their father was in a jail.

Rishikesh’s station house officer Praveen Koshiyari hailed the judgment and said police had gathered crucial evidence against Singh during the investigation which helped them to get him convicted.

“The incident had happened at around 8.30am when the duo was alone. They were found lying unconscious in the house by their nine-year-old brother and aunt who entered from outside. Later in the hospital, the two were declared dead by doctors. The police were informed about the incident at around 12.30pm,” Koshiyari said.

The police officer said Singh was questioned during the initial investigations as he lived as a sevadar in the gurdwara near the victims’ house.

“Police found a deep bite mark on his hand and later found his facial hair from the hands of the deceased 13-year-old girl which matched during the DNA test,” he said.

“These two proved to be the most crucial evidence against him before the court apart from the confession to committing the crime after his arrest. Also, the rape of the younger sister was proved in the medical examinations,” he added.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 17:08 IST