STATING THAT “rape is a more serious crime than murder” the court of additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Anshu Shukla, sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for raping a 10-year-old girl in 2014.
The court observed, “Incidents of gangrapes have spiralled recently… they need to be dealt with strictly, severely, with an iron hand. Otherwise this offence will continue to breed and grow.”
The court sentenced the accused Chanderpal and Lalit Kumar under Sections 376 (2G) (gang rape) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC, Sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
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The court added: “Rape is more serious and more grave a crime than murder since murder only destroys the body but in rape the very soul of the helpless woman is degraded. Life she cannot live, death she cannot embrace. Cries which emanates from the deep recesses of her bleeding heart stand buried within herself, and in the ups and downs of her life she is violently rocked as a lifeless entity. It is the demand of justice that these accused should be kept away from the society to which they themselves have lost their life on account of their inhuman and beastly reprehensible vile acts of sexuality. After deliberating upon the pros and cons of this case, I am irresistibly brought to the conclusion that accused person deserve no leniency of any sort and are apt to stringent and exemplary punishment.”
Chanderpal, 55, Lalit Kumar, 42, committed the crime on October 4, 2014. According to the prosecution, the victim, a resident of Sector 49 on October 4, 2014, was going to the neighborhood in the evening when the Chanderpal, sitting on a two-wheeler there forcibly took her to his house and raped her. She alleged one Lalit Kumar was also in the same house and he also raped her. The victim told the prosecution that the accused threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone. The victim, however, narrated her ordeal to her elder sister, who in turn informed her uncle and a police complaint was registered.