A special women’s judge sentenced 24-year-old Javed Shaikh to life imprisonment until death Wednesday afternoon for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kurla in 2010.
A day earlier, the prosecution had argued for death penalty, but the judge took note of the young age of the accused while pronouncing the verdict.
Kurla resident Shaikh was convicted Tuesday under sections 376 (2) (f) [committing rape on a woman under twelve years of age], 302 (murder) and 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
Shaikh was also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000.
On Wednesday noon, Additional Sessions Judge Vrushali V Joshi sentenced Shaikh to life sentence for rape and murder, and ten years’ rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping in order to murder. “All sentences will run concurrent and Shaikh will have neither parole nor remission. Life imprisonment here means imprisonment until natural death and not 14 years in jail,” said Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Gharat.
The girl was found dead in a “decomposed and skeletonised” form in a locked shack in Kurla by her father on June 18, 13 days after she disappeared. Judge Joshi observed that the length of the hair as mentioned by the victim’s father and in the police panchanama was the same. A DNA test of the parents and the right fingernail of the girl also established her identity.
The police also found hair in the girl’s left fingernail, the DNA extracted from which matched that of Shaikh.
This was also matched with Shaikh’s semen found on the victim. Judge Joshi observed that the detection of hair disproved Shaikh’s defence that he had been framed.
“If they wanted to create false evidence, they would have to implicate him in other two cases also,” she observed, referring to the deaths of two other minor girls in Kurla in February and March 2010.
She added, “…the reports prove the presence of accused on the body of deceased.”
Sentencing Shaikh to life until death in prison, Judge Joshi observed that he had a “strong motive” to commit the rape.
“He did not take the victim secretly. He lured her by giving chocolate and took her holding her and therefore, nobody in said area suspected him about taking the minor girl. He has done it with plan,” she said. She added that raping the girl did not satisfy Shaikh and he then proceeded to kill her.
“He ravished her, he killed her and by doing this he was not satisfied, as he tried to hang her by tying with wire… The nylon string…is stained with blood, which proves his intention,” she observed.
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