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Mumbai: “In a rarest of rare case” a Mumbai women’s court on Friday sentenced to death a 29-year-old man found guilty of robbing, raping, burning and killing Esther Anuhya, a girl from Andhra Pradesh, on January 5, 2014.

Terming it as the ‘rarest of rare cases’, Special Judge Vrushali Joshi pronounced the verdict against Chandrabhan Sudam Sanap, who was found guilty of multiple crimes on October 27.

Judge Joshi observed: “This is the rarest of rare cases… For the murder charge, the accused shall be hanged by the neck till death.”

The women’s court also sentenced Sanap to life imprisonment under the Indian Penal Code Section 376A (rape), and awarded 10 years’ imprisonment under Section 376(2) (M) for persistent sexual assault.

The 23-year-old victim’s father, Jonathan Prasad and Brother Thomas Noble – welcomed the verdict.

“Justice has been done and we are grateful to the police, courts and media for taking up the cause so diligently…It will serve as a deterrent to others,” Prasad told media persons outside the court.

The woman had arrived from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh at the Lokmanya Tilak Railway Terminus after a Christmas break to re-join work at the Tata Consultancy Services in Goregaon.

The incident happened after the train arrived early that morning around 5 a.m. at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Sanap, posing as a cabbie, offered to drop her at her hostel in south Mumbai. They negotiated an amount of Rs.300 for the commute.

However, when she walked out of the terminus with her luggage, she found Sanap had neither a taxi nor an autorickshaw but a motorcycle.

When Esther refused to sit on the motorcycle, he asked her to make a call and inform her family about his details and the vehicle registration number.

As there was no other form of commute available at that hour and though she did not have balance in her mobile, she pretended to make a call to her family before accepting the motorbike ride.

En route, he stopped the bike on the service road near Kanjurmarg suburb, on the pretext that petrol in the motorcycle was exhausted.

In the foggy wintry morning on the deserted highway, he dragged Esther into the bushes and attempted to rape her.

As she strongly resisted, an enraged Sanap banged her head repeatedly with a stone and strangled her with her dupatta.

Later, he took some petrol from his motorbike and attempted to burn her in the thick bushes beside the Eastern Express Highway near Kanjurmarg.

He fled the scene after grabbing her bag and a strolley which contained her laptop and other belongings. Sanap was arrested from Nashik on March 3 and charged with the crime.

Meanwhile, unable to communicate with Esther, her anxious father, Jonathan Prasad lodged a missing person complaint with Vijayawada Railway Police before coming to Mumbai and lodging another complaint with the Kurla Railway Police.

Mumbai Police recovered a charred and decomposed body in Kanjurmarg on January 16. Esther’s identity was established on the basis of a ring she was wearing.

Later, Sanap was arrested and the Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare examined 39 witnesses, including two who said they had seen the accused and the victim together. This clinched the case against Sanap.

Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said on Friday that the prosecution successfully secured the conviction under all sections of the law under which the accused was tried.

(IANS) 

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We are very WEAK, we are very timid — we have no more “kshatriya blood running in our veins” to defend ourselves and to protect our own land of birth

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Delhi murder case will never become Dadri or Kathua, Read here WHY?

By Salil Gewali

The incident that had happened in the capital town on last Sunday was dangerously shocking.  A small businessman – Mr. Druv Raj Tyagi, a resident of Moti Nagar, West Delhi, was stabbed brutally who died the very next day. The reason behind this gruesome attack was that the business man’s daughter was often indecently taunted and eve-teased by a group of boys from other community in the locality. This had become a cause of serious concerns for the family members. On that fateful night, the father was returning from a clinic with his daughter who was quite sick. When a gang of youths passed indecent remarks upon the daughter, the father could not tolerate it, he felt very humiliated. He immediately determined himself to approach the parents of one of the main boys.

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From left, Madhushree Dutta, Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah and Irene Malik Dhar who are among Indian film industry figures returning National Film Awards pose before the media in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy and two dozen Bollywood award winners added their voices to the artists, scientists and historians who say they are alarmed by a climate of religious intolerance and violence in India.(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The father of the boy, Mr. Jahangir Khan, instead of apologizing and pacifying Mr. Tyagi and taking his son to task started hurling the abuses at him. Very soon many other Jahangir’s relatives joined him and started thrashing the man. In the meantime, Jahangir took out a knife and stabbed multiple times in his abdomen. Hearing the loud cries of the father, the son – Mr. Anmol Tyagi immediately rushed to the spot. But Jahangir Khan again aggressively attacked the boy with the same knife. Due to deep injuries in Tyagi’s liver, kidney, and intestines, he died on Monday while the son is still battling for the life.

Such cases of brutal attacks or sexual overtures on the particular community are increasingly happening across the country. No matter how heinous the crimes, no matter how brutal the sexual torture, they never become “Kathua and Dadri”, nor do any leaders visit the scene of the crime to console the aggrieved victims of the majority community. Nor any noted NGOs, nor elite groups come out in protest and condemn the incidents. Even the bloodiest incidents of Ankit Saxena, Pankaj Narang, Sunita, Riya Gautam and so on could not evoke any sympathy of our celebrities and political leaders, nor of‘AWARD-WAPSI’ gang. Needless to say, hardly any candle marches are held and placards displayed in condemnation against the criminals if the victims are from the majority community. Are the pains and agonies of the majority less hurtful and the perpetrators less sinful?  Is this not disgustingly inhumane trend?

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Such cases of brutal attacks or sexual overtures on the particular community are increasingly happening across the country.

Please note, not just the only women are unsafe in India. The time is not far off when the whole major population of the country will be screaming for the safety and security in their own land. How did Kashmir happen, how our people were tortured and deported, and how did we react? What with our secularist brothers who have learned all along to hate the nation itself! Yes, they have moved a step further by coining the unheard term — Hindu terror.

We are very WEAK, we are very timid — we have no more “kshatriya blood running in our veins”  to defend ourselves and to protect our own land of birth. Kerala, West Bengal and some pockets of Assam are already up in arms against us.

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New Delhi: Muslim youth shouting slogans with placards during a protest against Dadri lynching incident, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

Alas, our inaction, our meek silence and our deceptive “chant of secularism” has almost put the major populace under the ominous threat.

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Wakeup before the dagger of violence hacks the neck of this rich civilization! 

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.