Rape and murder accused attempts suicide in Odisha jail
This will the first case in Odisha after the Union Cabinet’s ordinance last month which sanctions death penalty for an accused convicted of raping a child under 12 years of age.Updated: May 03, 2018 17:06 IST
Four days after a six-year-old girl of Cuttack district succumbed to her injuries after being sexually assaulted, the man who allegedly assaulted her tried to commit suicide inside a jail on Wednesday.
Mohammed Mushtaq, the 25-year-old man accused of brutalizing the girl in a village of Cuttack on April 21 after luring her with chocolates, tried to kill himself using a ‘gamchha’ in the toilet of Salepur sub-jail.
Salepur police station inspector Debendra Mallick said Mushtaq did not come out of the washroom for a long time triggering suspicion among other prisoners who alerted the jail staff.
“When the undertrials alerted the jail officials, they forcibly entered the toilet and found Mushtaq trying to strangle himself with a ‘gamchha’,” said Mallick. However, Mushtaq was rescued on time.
Police said Mushtaq was depressed over the humiliation fellow prisoners heaped on him after the girl died on April 29, eight days after she slipped into coma following his brutal assault. The accused who is married, has a child who is a little younger than his victim. He used to paint houses in the village for a living.
The girl had stepped out of her house in the evening when Mushtaq, her neighbour lured her to a nearby shop with the promise of chocolates. Police Mushtaq took the unsuspecting child to a shop in the village from where he bought some chocolates. He then took her to a nearby deserted school building where he tried to have sex with her. When the girl cried in pain, Mushtaq throttled her and banged her face on a wall thrice injuring her face. He then left the victim there thinking her to be dead.
On Thursday, police charged Mushtaq under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Odisha’s director general of police (DGP) Rajendra Prasad Sharma has asked investigating officers to submit the charge sheet against the accused in 15 days. The victim’s family was given Rs 5 lakh as compensation.
Officials said Mushtaq’s will be the first case in Odisha after the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance last month sanctioning death penalty for an accused convicted of raping a child under 12 years of age.
A case under sections 302 of IPC, Sections 376 (A)(B) and 302 of IPC and Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered against Mushtaq.
Under the amended IPC, anyone who sexually assaults children under the age of 12 years can be given death sentence. Similarly, under the amended POCSO Act whichever punishment is higher between POCSO and IPC will apply.