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SC confirms death sentence to man convicted of rape, murder of physically, mentally challenged minor girl MPNRC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence awarded to a man convicted of abducting, raping and killing a seven-and-a-half-year-old girl with physical and mental disabilities, saying the crime was cruel and inhuman.

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar confirmed the death sentence awarded to convict Manoj Pratap Singh and dismissed his appeal challenging the order of the Rajasthan High Court.

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The top court took note of the fact that the innocent victim on a stolen motorcycle was abducted and raped in a cruel and inhumane manner by misusing the trust gained from the offer of confectionary items.

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“Accordingly, these appeals are dismissed; confirmation of the conviction of the appellant under sections 363, 365, 376(2)(f), 302 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012. and the sentence awarded to the appellant including the sentence of death for the offense under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 is also confirmed,” the apex court said.

The top court took note of the nature of the offense and termed it as extreme corruption, which shakes the conscience, especially considering the target (a seven-and-a-half year old mentally and physically challenged girl) and then, the manner of committing murder, Where the hapless victim’s head was literally crushed, resulting in multiple injuries including fractures of the front bone.

“In the present case, where all the elements surrounding the crime as well as the perpetrators make a cut in the balance sheet of grievous and mitigating circumstances, we are clearly of the view that the death penalty should be commuted. to any other sentence of lesser degree. Even opting for imprisonment for the whole of natural life without remission, having regard to the nature of the offenses committed by the appellant and his erratic conduct Doesn’t seem right.”

The apex court took note of the activities and actions of the convict before the present offense as he was found involved in at least four cases relating to various offenses ranging from prevention of damage to public property and also in a separate case under the offense of murder. was convicted. Another prison inmate.

“A Garhwali, there appears to be no chance of their reform and rehabilitation. This possibility of the appellant again engaging in the same offense and having zero chance of his reform/rehabilitation is a direct challenge as well as a direct challenge to the maintenance of order in the society. Therefore, the facts of the present case, taken as a whole, make it clear that it is unlikely that the appellant is acquitted, will not be competent and will not be inclined to commit such offense again. Consequently, we find that it has no option but to confirm the death sentence awarded to the appellant, as it is unavoidable in this particular case,” the apex court said.

Manoj Pratap Singh has challenged the appeal challenging the order of the Rajasthan High Court dated 29 May 2015. On 29 May 2015, the Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur confirmed the conviction order dated 28.09.2013 and passed the sentence order dated 01.10.2013. Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses, Rajsamand, by the Court of Special Judge.

The High Court while upholding the conviction of the appellant of offenses punishable under Sections 363, 365, 376(2)(f), 302 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012, Section 302 IPC Confirmed the death sentence awarded to him by the trial court for the offense under

Appellant Manoj Pratap Singh is alleged to have abducted a physically and mentally challenged seven-and-a-half year old girl from a vehicle selling fruits and vegetables in front of her parents; After that took him to a secluded place; He raped her and killed her by injuring her on the head.

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