Quick way to justice: Five fastest court trials in Chandigarh
The 10-year-old’s rape case took three-and-a-half months to reach verdict. Here are five fast-track trials that Chandigarh has seen:punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2017 14:20 IST
The fate of two maternal uncles who were held guilty for rape of their 10-year-old niece will be decided by a fast track court in Chandigarh on Thursday. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence shortly. The case shook the nation after the Supreme Court dismissed the victim’s abortion plea and she went on to give birth to a baby girl on August 17. The baby is up for adoption.
The case that underwent several twists and turns turned the police investigation upside down when the DNA samples of the elder uncle, who was arrested first, didn’t match with the baby of the victim. This led to the arrest of the younger uncle, the main accused, whose DNA sample tested positive.
This trial lasted three-and-a-half months. Here are five fast-track trials that Chandigarh has seen:
1) In March 2013, a Chandigarh court held the father of three daughters guilty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The evidence was recorded in an hour and the accused, Bir Bahadur, 37, of Kajehri was sentenced to five years in jail just 14 days after the incident was reported on March 2. Police filed the chargesheet for attempt to rape a minor in five days.
2) In April 2013, the court awarded three-year jail to a Colony Number 5 resident, Guddu, for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl on the pretext of marrying her. Guddu was booked in October 2012 after the victim’s brother informed the police. The accused took the victim to Uttar Pradesh from where she was found. The girl refused to undergo medical examination and police arrested Guddu.
3) In April 2013, fast-tracking another case of crime against a woman, an additional district and sessions judge convicted a jilted lover for stabbing a girl for turning down his marriage proposal within 10 months of the date of the incident. After four hearings, the court pronounced Sonu Chauhan, 27, of Maloya guilty of stabbing Sonia, 22, and attacking her father, Yashpal, of Butrela village in Sector 41, Chandigarh. He was booked for attempt to murder.
4) October 2012: A local court sentenced Jeet Singh, 38, to eight months in jail for attempting to kidnap a nine-year-old in Mauli Jagran. The evidence was recorded in a day, making it a rare instance. The case was registered in April 2012.
5) February 2012: Two men, Amarpal and Suresh, were convicted for kidnapping two-year-old Prince from Bapu Dham Colony for Rs 5 lakh ransom. The trial began in October 2011 and the prosecution evidence was recorded in four hearings.