The accused raped the victim at a secluded place, crushed her head and then threw her body in a well
The Hush Post: A Madhya Pradesh court has awarded death penalty to a man on the charges of raping and killing a woman when he was out on bail after being sentenced in another murder case.
Awarding the death sentence to the convicted man, Prakash Lahase (34), Sessions Judge of Special Court Rajesh Nandeshwar ruled: “The case falls in the category of the rarest of rare cases. Such persons are like gangrene in society which has to be removed from the body to save it.”
Public prosecutor Shantaram Wankhede said quoting the judge: “The judiciary has a duty to remove the accused from the society. Criminals will have a free run if they are not punished properly, and the fear in them of deterrent will end.”
Wankhede said that judge Nandeshwar sentenced Lahase to death under Section 302 (murder) and awarded him life imprisonment on two different counts –Section 376 (2) (sexual assault) and 364 (kidnapping to kill) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a report said.
In the last 38 days, the sessions court examined 38 witnesses before pronouncing the judgement, it was reported.
The Public Prosecutor said that Lahase had kidnapped the 30-year-old victim on May 17 this year from Khadkod village, about 8 km from Burhanpur district headquarters.
“He raped the woman at a deserted place and killed her by crushing her head with a stone. He then disposed of the body in a well,” the public prosecutor was quoted as saying in the report.
While delivering his verdict, Judge Nandeshwar also said that women were feeling “extremely helpless and insecure” following a spurt in rape cases, Wankhede reportedly said.
At least 10 rapists have been awarded the death sentence by various courts in Madhya Pradesh since February this year, the report said.