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Loss irreparable, death sentence just: Esther’s father

Sanap convicted by a special court on Tuesday was given the death sentence on Friday.

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Prasad with Esther. (Archive)

Rape and murder victim Esther Anuhya’s father on Friday said that the death penalty awarded to Chandrabhan Sanap was justified. Commenting on the death sentence, Anuhya’s father S J S Prasad added that only those who behave like human beings have the right to live.

Sanap convicted by a special court on Tuesday was given the death sentence on Friday. Esther, a native of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, was raped and murdered by Sanap, a history-sheeter, in a deserted patch of land along the Eastern Express Highway in the early hours of January 5, 2014. Her decomposed and partly burnt body was found on January 16. On March 2, Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested Sanap from near the Kanjurmarg Railway station.

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“Law needs to be very clear on certain aspects. If someone kills someone else by accident, it is a different matter. What happened with my daughter was intentional. How can someone not know the value of a human life? This is not human behaviour and such people should not live in our society,” Prasad told The Indian Express on phone on Friday.

Prasad said the infrastructure in the country is in a sorry state and the general unconcerned attitude of the police delays and sometimes denies justice.
“When we were trying to locate my daughter in CCTV footage at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, the camera on the platform where she alighted was not working. She was seen on a camera at another platform passing by, much later. Had the camera been working, and had the police taken efforts early, maybe her killer could have been arrested faster. It would have been too late for my daughter anyway, but at least we could have found her sooner. The image of her body, decomposed after 10 days, still haunts me,” he said.

Prasad has doubts whether the wound of losing his daughter would ever heal. “I literally run away from the room everytime a discussion about my daughter begins. I cannot stand to think of the way she was snatched away from me. I managed to survive by keeping myself busy so that I don’t think of her all the time, but the loss is irreparable,” said Prasad.
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