The Supreme Court Friday set aside the death penalty of a man convicted of murdering a seven-year-old girl after attempting to rape her. The court, however, handed out a jail term of at least 25 years, stating that although the crime could not qualify as ‘rarest of rare’, the convict did not deserve to be given any chance to be released on remission after 14 years.
Tattu Lodhi was sentenced to death by a trial court in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh for killing the girl in 2011. The High Court had later upheld the punishment.
“Considering the fact that the… helpless child fell victim of the crime of lust at the hands of the appellant and there may be probabilities of such crime being repeated in case the appellant is allowed to come out of the prison on completing usual period of imprisonment for life… we are of the view that he should be inflicted with imprisonment for life with a further direction that he shall not be released from prison till he completes actual period of 25 years of imprisonment,” said a bench led by Justice J Chelameswar.