Bhubaneswar, December 6 (LocalWire): December 6, 2019 turned out to be as a momentous day for those espousing the cause for safety of women, particularly minors, from the barbaric perpetrators of rape.
The gunning down of four accused by cops in the case of rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Telangana was a reason for cheer.
It was followed by President Ram Nath Kovind’s public announcement in Rajasthan that there should be “no mercy for rapists”.
He also stressed that “people convicted under POCSO Act should not be allowed to come under the ambit of mercy petition.”
In this perspective, it is pertinent to note here that the courts in Odisha took stringent view of cases of rape and murder of minor girls.
The POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) courts have pronounced four capital punishment or death penalty verdicts this year.
The convicts in all these cases have gone for appeal in High Court.
The president’s observation that POCSO Act should not be allowed to come under the ambit of mercy petition rekindles the hope that the higher courts uphold the lower courts’ death penalty order and they are put to gallows.
Here is the sequence of death penalty verdicts with brief summary
1-September 19, 2019
A 26-year-old man was sentenced to death by a special court here on for raping and killing a six-year-old girl in Cuttack district in April, 2018 by Additional District and special POCSO court Judge, Cuttack
2-September 11, 2019
A POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court in Jagatsinghpur district had awarded death sentence to a person for raping and murdering a minor girl last in 2018.
3-August 29, 2019
A Baripada Additional District Judge Court in Mayurbhanj district had awarded capital punishment to a man for raping and murdering a minor girl in 2018.
4-July 26, 2019
A POCSO court in Angul district had pronounced death penalty for a man for kidnapping, raping and brutally murdering a minor girl.
All these cases are pending for adjudication in Orissa High Court as the convicts facing death row have gone appeal through their lawyers.