Indian rapist sentenced to death

2013-01-16 12:25

New Delhi - One of India's new special courts to deal with crimes against women sentenced a 56-year-old man to death for raping and murdering a child, a news report said Wednesday.

Judge Virender Bhat on Tuesday sentenced the former farm guard for the crime committed against a 3-year-old girl in 2011, the Times of India reported.

"The courts have to take a stern view of such crimes and inflict harsher punishment possible, so that a stern message is sent to society," the judge was quoted as saying.

The special courts were established after the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi that triggered nationwide protests demanding measures to ensure women's safety and stricter laws for sexual crimes against women.

Wednesday's ruling was the first by any of the five fast-track courts established in the Indian capital after that 16 December assault. The court concluded the trial within 10 days, the report said.

Five men have been charged with abduction, rape and murder of the student. A sixth suspect is to be tried by a juvenile court if his claim to be 17 years old is verified.

Pre-trial hearings are underway and lawyers say it could take a few more days for the case to be transferred to a fast-track court for the trial.

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-16 12:29

    Well done! We can learn from that!

  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2013-01-16 12:42

    This is the way to go! Catch the vermin, speedy trail, stretch his neck! Clean and simple!

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-01-16 12:43

    Now THAT is a system we need here! From the speed of the sentencing to the actual sentence itself.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-16 13:00

    We need courts like that in SA!!!

  • mhla.nombembe - 2013-01-16 13:01

    In South Africa that would be debated till death sentence is removed from the rapist . . .Well done India

  • Elisha - 2013-01-16 14:14

    SA Government can really learn something here. Justice is done. End of story! But still... that poor child. Sick bastard!

  • bob.spaps.1 - 2013-01-16 14:17

    that will never happen as RSA is run by the very ones the should be on trail

  • nishal.singh.758 - 2013-01-16 14:20

    Best news I've heard all day. Peace of mind for the family of the child but that will nevr bring the little girl back or remove the pain and suffering. This would definitely make other rapists think twice in future. Our country could learn a thing or two.

  • JNaMolefe - 2013-01-16 14:40

    Finally, cos I don't want to hear this ever again!

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