First rapist to be hanged till death under the new law of death penalty for child rapists

Feb 04 2019 01:05 PM
First rapist to be hanged till death under the new law of death penalty for child rapists

First rapist to be hanged till death warrant issued by a district court in Madhya Pradesh against a school teacher who was convicted of raping his four-year-old student. The criminal, Mahendra Singh Gond, will be hanged till death in Jabalpur jail on March 2. This would the first execution under the new law of death penalty for child rapists.

Incident took place as Gond had kidnapped and raped the girl on June 30 last year. The horrible crime that shook the nation prompted the police to act quickly. Gond was arrested within a few hours. Gond had dumped the child in the jungle assuming that she was dead. After the girl's family found her, she was rushed to a hospital. The girl was violated so brutally that the state government decided to airlift her to Delhi so that she could be traded at AIIMS. The minor girl underwent several injuries to get her intestines realigned.

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The survivor's statement which was recorded through video conferencing was crucial in proving the school teacher guilty. A sessions court in Nagod sentenced Gond to capital punishment on September 19 last year. Considering the crime to be “rarest of rare", a division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court confirmed the death penalty on January 25. The HC noted that capital punishment was important as the crime was committed by a teacher.

Superintendent of Jabalpur Central Jail, Gopal Tamrakr said that they received an email from Satna court which said that Gond would be executed at 5 am on March 2. However, he added that the hanging can still be stopped by the Supreme Court or the President.

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