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Rape and murder: Number of death sentence in 2018 goes up to 20 in MP

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Bhopal: With one more death sentence pronounced today in a case of rape and murder of a 5-year old girl child in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, the total number of death sentences has gone up to 20 this year- the highest in any state in India and a record in the history of Prosecution in Madhya Pradesh.

The Court of Additional District Judge in Jabalpur today (19 December 2018) awarded capital punishment to the accused Anand Kushwah (19) for abducting,raping and strangulating to death his 5-year old cousin.

The barbaric crime was committed in Jabalpur district on 19 August 2018. After killing his cousin, the rapist wrapped her body in a polythene bag and dumped it in a septic tank. The body was recovered on the information provided by the accused. The DNA test report was also positive.

Other circumstantial evidence also confirmed the case. This case, especially the speed with which it was solved and put up for prosecution, leading to conviction of the accused, is being described as an example of cooperation between Police investigation and MP Prosecution. Investigation in this case was completed in 5 days.

Of the total 20 cases that have resulted in capital punishment in MP this year, 17 are rape cases involving the girl child, one involving a boy child and the remaining two are normal murder cases. This is the highest number of cases in which capital punishment has been secured in a year in MP or in any other State.

MP Prosecution has secured capital sentence in 6 cases in August , 3 in July and 3 sentence in December. Capital punishment in 6 cases in one month in child rape cases is also a record in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the success story of MP Prosecution on three separate occasions. First in his speech from Red Fort on 15 August, then in his popular Radio programme “MAN KI BAAT” and again while speaking at the Forensic science university convocation programme at Gandhinagar.

The Jabalpur High court has already confirmed capital sentence in three cases and in three other cases commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. The High court has not granted acquittal in even a single case.

DG MP Prosecution Rajendra Kumar said that capital sentence in such a large number of cases reflects excellent teamwork, commitment and focused approach of MP Prosecution. Credit of extra ordinary success goes to team MP Prosecution and MP Police, he said adding securing capital sentence for 20 accused in a year is unprecedented and a record that that should encourage MP Prosecution to perform even better in coming years.

Asaram sentenced to life for raping young girl, 2 other convicts get 20 years each

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Jodhpur: A trial court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, today (25 April 2018) held self-styled godman Asaram guilty and sentenced him to life in prison until death for raping a teenage girl in his ashram five years ago.

The special trial court also convicted two other accused, Shilpi and Sharad for 20 years each while acquitting two others, Prakash and Shiva.

The chargesheet against Asaram and the four other co-accused was filed by the police on November 6, 2013 following investigations on the basis of an FIR lodged by a young girl from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. She was studying at Asaram’s ashram in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. Asaram had called her to his ashram in Manai area near Jodhpur and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013, the girl had said in her complaint.

Asaram and the four other co-accused were tried under various sections of the POSCO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and the Indian Penal Code.

 When Asaram was arrested in 2013

The plot to dodge the Jodhpur Police thickened with the expiry of the deadline given by Jodhpur Police to minor rape accused Asaram Bapu, who disappeared like a fugitive from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, as he headed towards Indore by road on 30 August 2013 night.

He was spotted by media-persons at Dewas but the mystery about his whereabouts deepened as Indore Police kept repeating till 31 August (afternoon) that Asaram was not inside the Indore Ashram.

It was only later on 31 August 2013 that the Indore collector told media-persons that Asaram was inside the Ashram. While the Jodhpur police team was expected at the Ashram the previous night, Asaram’s son chose to speak to the media in the evening. He asserted that his father was not running away from the police and confirmed that he was inside the Ashram since the night of 30 August 2013. He apologised for violence perpetuated on media-persons by Asaram’s followers and said that for last many years Asaram has been suffering from a neurological disorder and was getting severe bouts of headache, Asaram’s doctor, who was also present told journalists that the medical report of the victim established that she had not been raped.

On 30 August, Asaram’s son Narain Sai had told media-persons in Bhopal that his father was indisposed and would be staying in the state capital to receive ayurvedic treatment but when the Gujarat High Court refused to entertain his bail application, he made a beeline for the airport to catch a Delhi bound flight, which he missed. Without losing much time, he sneaked out of Bhopal and left for Indore by road in a convoy along with his son and a band for followers. At the airport, his followers even came to blows with journalists and TV cameramen. After leaving the state capital, Asaram kept his location a close-guarded secret. Even the state Police officers, at all levels, feigned ignorance about his whereabouts.

A 15-year old girl, who was a student at Asaram’s Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh, had lodged a complaint against the self styled godman of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The Jodhpur police had served him a summon 28 August 2013 at Indore and given him a deadline till August 30 to appear for questioning in the sexual abuse case. Asaram had sought time till September 20 citing prior engagements but the Jodhpur Police had turned down this demand. From Indore, Asaram went to Surat and from there came to the state capital on Thursday to attend the last rites of his son’s father-in-law.

When few senior advocates were contacted in Bhopal, they were unanimous in pointing out that the a rape accused should not be allowed to move freely till he proves his innocence. The Rajasthan Police had given him ample time to subvert the legal process by allowing him the space and freedom to tamper with evidence, manipulate witnesses and friends of the minor victim, who were likely to testify in this case.

After Asaram was booked under sections 376, 342, 506 and 509 of the IPC, section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act in the sexual abuse case, firebrand saffron-clad leader , Uma Bharti, who is now a Union Minister but was then BJP national vice president was among the first to go on twitter to declare Asaram as innocent. She had written: “Asaram Bapu is innocent. He is being punished for opposing Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. False cases have been registered against him in Congress ruled states. One is with Asaram Bapu, she emphasised. When the BJP leadership took the decision that the BJP should “publicly distance itself from Asaram, BJP national vice president Prabhat Jha had told media-persons that the police are the investigating agency of the State and it is the job of the police to carry out the investigation into this case. In the same breath, he had also said that the conspiracy angle cannot be brushed aside. When the Jodhpur Police was serving the summon to Asaram, a big crowd led by Ramesh Mandola, a local BJP MLA was shouting slogans outside the Indore ashram to support the tainted Guru.


MP House passes bill for death to those convicted of raping girls 12 years or below

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country where those found guilty of raping girls up to 12 years of age will get a death sentence with the passage of a Bill for this purpose in the Assembly on Monday (4 December, 2017)

Now the Bill will go to the President for his assent, State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters after the passage of the Bill in the State Assembly. Under the new law, once it is in place, Capital punishment would be awarded to rape convicts under Section 376 (A) and Section 376 (D, A), which relates to gang rape.

The Bill was introduced in the House by Rampal Singh, the State Minister for Law and Legislative Affairs. The House unanimously passed the Bill after members discussed its various provisions.

MP Cabinet approves death sentence for those convicted of rape of minor girls below 12 years

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Bhopal: To address the issue of rising crimes against women in the State, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today (Sunday 26 November, 2017) cleared the proposal for death sentence for those convicted of raping minor girls below the age of 12 years.

The Cabinet also passed the resolution for death sentence to gang rape convicts and approved the proposal to amend the penal code to increase the punishment for rape convicts.