Man sodomises, kills grandson, gets 30 yrs

It falls in the category of rarest of rare case: Court
Last Updated : 28 October 2012, 19:47 IST
Last Updated : 28 October 2012, 19:47 IST

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A man has been sentenced to 30 years in jail by a Delhi court for strangulating his minor grandson after sodomising him.

The court awarded rigorous life imprisonment to Raju for murdering the 10-year-old child, while making it clear that he would not be considered for any remission till he serves 20 years of jail term.

It also sentenced him to 10 more years in jail for committing sodomy, stipulating that both sentences will be served one after the other.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1.10 lakh on Raju and said, if recovered, Rs 1 lakh should be given to the victim’s family as compensation.

The court said the case cannot be put on the same pedestal as other ordinary murder case and it falls in the category of “rarest of rare case”.

Maternal grandfather

“The offence has been committed by a person who is a maternal grandfather in relation to the child. This is nothing short of betrayal of trust,” said additional sessions judge Kamini Lau.

“This category of perpetrators of crime, if not removed from society, will destroy it.”
According to the prosecution, the incident happened in May last year when the child’s father had gone out to a market, leaving the child in the custody of the accused in their house in Azadpur in north-west Delhi.

Raju took the boy to a park, where he sodomised and strangulated him.  He then dumped the body in a nearby bush. When the child’s father returned, he did not find his son at home.

The body of the minor boy was found at the park the next day. Raju was arrested two days after the crime. The court observed that the sexual offender cannot be treated at par with other criminals and as a part of major prisons reforms as in countries abroad, India should also explore the possibility of giving separate prisons to such convicts with specific treatment plan.

“I am convinced that there is a desirability of keeping Raju as well as others of his kind separately with other offenders, where a specific plan is designed for them for their treatment,” said the judge.

“A copy of this order is directed to be placed before the director general (prisons), Delhi, for exploring the possibilities and appropriate action as per rule,” the judge said.

The judge said the act of the convict was “unthinkable” and that those who mess with children must know that the justice system in India has “zero tolerance” against it.

Published 28 October 2012, 19:47 IST

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