The district sessions court in Kasaargod on Thursday served death sentence to a contractor in a case pertaining to the murder of a minor girl, who had worked at his home as a domestic servant.
The convicted, K C Hamza, 55, has to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim, Safiya, a native of Kodagu in Karnataka.
The court also sentenced Hamza’s wife Mymoona to undergo six years of imprisonment and and their relative K C Abdulla to three years of imprisonment and to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each. Two others, including a former assistant sub-inspector, who had been charge-sheeted for abetting the crime, were acquitted.
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According to the prosecution case, Safiya, 13, was murdered and her body dumped in Goa, where the first accused Hamza had undertaken the construction work of a small dam. Her body was cut into three pieces before being packed and lowered into a pit near the dam site.
The girl had sustained brutal torture and burn injuries for several months before her death. Forensic examination had proved that the girl was alive when her body was sliced into three.
The victim Safiya hailed from Ayyankeri in Karnataka’s Kodagu district. Her father Moitheenkunhi was a farm worker.
The destitute parents handed over their daughter to an agent Moithu Haji, who used to arrange domestic servants for the rich Muslims in Kasaragod. Haji had promised to the family that his client would give money to marry off their daughter.
Thus, Safiya reached the house of contractor Hamza on June 15, 2005 and a year after she was taken to Goa where Hamza had undertaken the construction of a small dam.
In December, 2006, the victim’s family registered a missing complaint in Kasaragod, but police failed to make any breakthrough in the probe. Hamza told the police that Safiya had gone missing from his house in Goa.
Amidst mounting protest from the public, the state Government handed over the case to the crime branch in April 2008. In a matter of months the team discovered attempts made by the local police to cover up the case.
Hamza revealed to the police that Safiya had suffered burn injuries during cooking, claiming that he kept her within his house, instead of rushing to a hospital.
While she was battling for her life, Hamza added, he cut her body into three pieces. He then proceeded to pack the body parts into a bag, which was thrown into a pit, near the site of the dam under construction.
Police had found that the murder had taken place in early 2007. The remains of the body had been exhumed from the dam site in Goa as part of the probe.