The Bombay High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of 30-year-old Ramkeerat Munilal Gaur of Kasarvadavali, Thane, who was convicted for raping and killing a three-year-old girl in September 2013, who had been with his pet. was out to play. Dog. The sessions court had sentenced Gaur to death on 8 March 2019, which was challenged by the convict in the High Court. The state government had filed a petition in the High Court seeking confirmation of the death sentence.
A division bench of Justice Sadhana S Jadhav and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan said, “His gaze was seen by a vicious man, driven by lustful desire to see a small happy, harmless child playing in his own world.” The minor had died and his body was found a few days later in a muddy pond.
“It is such an event that every little girl’s parent would feel a chill in the spine before sending their unprotected, innocent, minor child to see the rainbow because they would fear that she would fall prey to a demon. The present one. It is the safety of a girl child that is of paramount importance to a society,” the HC said.
Man acquitted in gangrape-murder case
In another case, the court quashed and acquitted Rahimuddin Mohfuz Shaikh, one of the two convicts in the May 2012 gang-rape of two women and murder of one of them in Belapur.
The High Court had in October 2019 quashed the death sentence of the other accused, accepting their contention that they were minors when they committed the offence. The victims, who worked as rag pickers, were promised a catering job by the two accused in 2012. Eventually both the women were taken to a secluded place in Navi Mumbai’s CBD Belapur and were forced to consume alcohol by the accused. They were then raped and attacked with sharp weapons including hacksaw blades and knives. While both the women were left to die, one of them managed to escape.
“By order of the Sessions Court dated May 11, 2017, the order of conviction and death sentence of the accused Shaikh is set aside and he is set aside by giving him the benefit of doubt,” the HC said.