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Rapist father given death sentence
Punjab and Haryana HC announced death sentence to the culprit who raped and murdered his four-year-old daughter. The division bench of Justice Mehtab S Gill and Jitendra Chauhan declared it 'rarest of the rare cases' and announced the punishment
A DIVISION bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court has awarded death sentence to the culprit who had raped his daughter. The court while delivering verdict said that the case should be treated as rarest of the rare and therefore merits the severest punishment.

Neel Kumar, a resident of Yamuna Nagar district, was convicted for rape and murder of his four-year-old daughter. The division bench of Justice Mehtab S Gill and Justice Jitendra Chauhan declared that a case where a father after committing rape of his own daughter murdered her will fall within the parameters of 'rarest of the rare cases'.

Taking cognisance of the plea of Roopa Devi against her husband Neel Kumar alias Anil Kumar, the court found him guilty under sections 302, 376 (2) (F) and 201 Indian Penal Code (IPC) in March this year. The prosecution said that Roopa Devi came to know about the incident when she had gone to her parental house in Kesari village on June 26, 2007. Someone called her that Kumar had raped and murdered their daughter.

The prosecution stated that on reaching home, she found her daughter in critical condition and wanted her to take to the hospital for medical treatment. But her husband intercepted and forcefully sent her back to her parental home, where she received the news that her daughter has been murdered. The counsel of petitioner stated that the whole allegations and the matter cannot be trusted as there was delay in registering the FIR. After going through the arguments and the medical evidence, the Bench asserted going by the sequence of events, a helpless mother first pleaded before her husband, and then before the panchayat.

But, she was not successful enough in getting justice. Under the circumstances, there was no delay in lodging the FIR. The division bench averred that if Neel Kumar is innocent and did not raped his daughter, his immediate reaction after seeing the condition of his daughter would be to take her to hospital and provide her all medical help and after that he would have informed the police. But, he did neither of the two. He was the guardian of the child. It was his bounded duty to protect her, but instead he himself acted as a beast, said the bench.

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