The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has stayed execution of the death sentence of a man convicted for rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl.
Chotkau was convicted by the trial court for rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had affirmed the conviction and confirmed the death sentence awarded to him.
While confirming the capital sentence, the bench had observed: “A girl of six years was brutally murdered to satiate the abnormal sexual urge of the appellant. His depravity has not ended only by raping a female child but it extended to committing her murder in a very brutal manner.”
The bench had further observed: “It must have torn the hearts of the parents of the deceased and residents of the village. In such cases leniency by the Court would send wrong message in the society, such type of cases deserves exemplary punishment, so that persons of deviant behaviour may choose not to do so. We are of the view that this case is rarest of the rare, a young age man i.e. 25 years of the offender is no mitigating circumstance. When by his deviant behaviour and abnormal sexual urge, he has forfeited his right to alive in the society, we think death sentence is the only punishment which can be awarded to him.”
Read the Order Here