Madras High Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence imposed by the trial court on a man for raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in 2020 in Pudukkottai district.
The court observed when the attitude of a man turns into that of a beast who have no mercy over other creatures, then it is appropriate to punish him and send him to the eternal world.
Samivel alias Raja, the accused went to the house of the victim on June 30,2022. The mother of the victim was mentally ill, he took the girl to an isolated place, sexually assaulted her and later, fearing that the child would tell about the assault to others, he murdered her by dashing her against a tree. He threw the body of the girl into a dry pond.
The Pudukottai Mahila Court had given death sentence to the convict.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, upheld the verdict of the Pudukottai Mahila Court. Justices S. Vaidyanathan and G. Jayachandran confirmed the sentence in the trial. The judges considered the brutally of the attack, the barbaric manner in which the crime was committed.
The Court said that if the convict is allowed to survive in this world, then he would pollute the mind of other co-prisoners.
“We were a little hesitant initially to take away the life of a person by way of a judicial order and thought of converting the punishment into one of life imprisonment. But, after due liberation and contemplation, we were reminded of the preaching of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield that everyone is going to disappear from the world, even if he (Arjuna) doesn’t shoot the enemies with arrows, even though they are relatives.”
The Court said that this is one of the rarest of rare cases and the manner in which the murder of the seven-year-old girl is committed, the accused deserves nothing but death penalty.
The court also quoted the verses in Thirukkural, Holy Bible and Quran.
The Mahila court had convicted the accused on December 29,2020 and punished him with a triple death sentence.