Orissa High Court will take up the case of death penalty awarded in the Kangula minor girl rape and murder case on Thursday.
The girl was in touch with 28-year-old Yenugu Naveen Reddy who took her to a secluded place and tried to rape her. When she resisted his advances, he reportedly smashed her head with a boulder.
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SC also ordered the immediate shifting of survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh from Rae Bareli jail to Tihar jail, while instructing the media houses not to disclose her name either directly or indirectly.
Though the children were kidnapped for ransom, the girl was sexually assaulted. They were poisoned and thrown into the PAP Canal near Udumalpet.
HC verdict comes after the President rejected the clemency plea. But since the punishment was not executed, the death verdict was commuted to 35 years in jail.
Even though the prosecutor had sought for the death penalty, the judge has declared that after considering the age of the defendant he is being excused from the death penalty.
The crime branch petition had stated that the chief judicial magistrate in Kathua erred in accepting the accused's claim of being a juvenile.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had recently upheld the trial court's decision to award capital punishment to the convicts for the heinous offence and also enhanced the fine imposed on them.
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Commenting on the defence's plea terming the probe as defective, the judge said circumstantial evidence is complete in itself and that defence failed to rebut the strong motive behind the rape.
District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh relied on the statement of the landlady of Vishal that he was in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where he was studying in a college.
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Deepika braved threats and harassments from her colleagues and community members the day she appeared at the Jammu court on behalf of the victim’s family.
Rasana village, where the family lived, has ostracized them and enforced a social boycott, forcing them to leave their land forever.
The court acquitted seventh accused Vishal, the son of main accused Sanji Ram, giving him the 'benefit of doubt', said Farooqi Khan, who represented the victim's family in the court.