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Madhya Pradesh HC upholds death sentence to man who raped, killed 4-yr-old girl

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Jabalpur | The Madhya Pradesh High Court has upheld a lower court’s order awarding death sentence to a man for raping and killing a four-year-old girl, observing that “humanity is more in danger in the hands of persons like the convict”.

Describing the offence as an act of “extreme depravity” and taking note of the rise in crimes against minor girls, the court said in such cases, an extreme punishment would deter other criminals.

“The extreme judgment conveys a message to these predators that it is not a soft state where criminals committing such serious crimes may get reprieve in the guise of humanity,” a division bench of Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla said yesterday.

“Crimes against the girl child are on a rise, therefore, extreme punishment may deter other criminals from indulging in such crimes,” the bench said, dismissing the appeal filed by Rahul Chouhtha (23) against his conviction by a trial court in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol district.

Chouhtha had lured the four-year-old girl with biscuits in Shahdol on May 13 last year, before raping and killing her.

Shahdol District and Sessions Judge R K Singh had sentenced Chouhtha to death on February 28 this year.

The high court said such a crime sent a “shockwave” in the society when committed against a girl child.

It was an act of “extreme depravity” when the appellant prompted a young child, whose only fault was that she believed the appellant to be her well-wisher, to accompany him, it observed.

“Humanity is more in danger in the hands of persons like the appellant. Therefore, we find that the capital punishment awarded to the appellant is one of the rarest of rare cases where the extreme punishment is warranted,” the bench said.

The court said it had the social responsibility to make the citizens of the country know that law could not come to the rescue of such a person on the basis of humanity.

“The appellant was a young unmarried boy, aged 22 years at the time of commission of the offence, but he breached the trust of a girl child of four years when he tempted her by offering biscuits to accompany him to meet her father,” the court said.

He violated her and took her life within three-four hours of taking her with him, the bench observed.

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50 people feared dead as train runs over them amidst celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar

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At least 50 people are feared dead in  Jora Phatak area of Amritsar where a train allegedlly ran over people burning the effigy on account of Dussehra.

As per various media reports, hundreds of people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death. Around 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan Dahan’, sources said.

The officials said that a throng of people  Dussehra revellers that had thronged onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.

As per the quote of some television news channels, some eyewitnesses claiming that Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other state leaders were present at the event when the accident happened.

There is no news as of now as who organised the event and how the event was allowed so near the railway tracks.

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Activist Trupti Desai who threatened to stop PM Modi’s convoy, detained early morning

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Pune | Women Activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Friday morning was detained on her way to Shirdi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the religious town of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Desai had earlier announced to have a conversation with PM Modi over his silence on the denial of women entry to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She also wanted an explanation over the assault on women journalists at Niilacka base camp covering the ‘Sabarimala entry’ event.

According to local police, Trupti Desai was detained from her house on grounds of ‘preventive custody’ after she warned to block the PM’s convoy if he did not agree to discuss her demands. Speaking on her arrest to a newspaper, Desai said, “No reason has been given to me for this act of forcible detention. I was only told that the order had come from the Pune Police Commissioner. It is ironic that we activists who are striving for the cause temple entry for women are treated in this manner. Why couldn’t the police in Kerala take preventive measures and detain those hate-mongers and troublemakers ahead of the temple entry at Sabarimala instead?”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the town of Shirdi will perform groundbreaking ceremony for some projects of the trust along with handing over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). PM Modi will also participate in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.

 

 

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3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said on Friday. The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said. He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.

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