In recent news, Satna district court has issued the “death sentence” means the ‘last order’ for execution against a school teacher who was declared guilty of raping a four-year-old girl. The child was tortured and raped brutally so much so that she had to spend months in AIIMS-Delhi going through multiple surgeries, to get her intestines realigned.
The accused identified as Mahendra Singh Gond will be ‘executed’ on March 2 in Jabalpur jail. From committing a crime to confirmation of death warrant, it just took seven months. His execution will be the first under the new law to ‘hang child rapists’.
It has been said that the culprit had kidnapped the child on the night of June 30, 2018, and raped her in the forested area and then dumped her there, thinking that she was dead in the process. He then ran away from the scene.
Thankfully, her family members found her in the early hours, almost alive, and they rushed her to hospital. The state government quickly had the victim airlifted to AIIMS-Delhi. The cops quickly arrested Gond within a matter of hours.
A section of MP high court confirmed the death sentence on January 25, 2019. Justice P K Jaiswal and Justice Anjuli Palo said,”Courts cannot evade their duty to be tough with hard-core criminals so that there is some deterrent against indulging in such gruesome crimes, particularly because such crimes are on the rise. The incident assumes greater significance because the person involved is a teacher, who is supposed to teach lessons in morality to his students.”
After when the high court issued the death warrant, Satna district and session courts issued the ‘black warrant’ against the accused Gond.
Gopal Tamrakar, the superintendent of Jabalpur Central Jail which the only prison in MP told TOI that they have received an e-mail from Seine court with regard to execution of a ‘rape convict’. As per the email, Gond will be executed at 5 am on March 2.” he said.
Tamrakar, nonetheless added that the convict has not revealed all the legal remedies available to him and ‘hanging him’ could still be interrupted by Supreme Court or the President.
(Originally published by TOI)