Monday, October 30, 2006

Priyadarshini killer gets death sentence

Finality in the Priyadarshini Mattoo case (well, almost - there will be an appeal to the Supreme Court plus appeal to the President for mercy). Read about it here. This case, after having gone through numerous twists and turns, finally resulted in a sentence being passed on the convict, Santosh Kumar Singh.

There is a lot of controversy on the death penalty, with people on both sides of the argument. However, this is one of the cases that pushes the envelope. Here is a person relenlessly stalking a girl, secure in the knowledge that because his father is a senior police official, nothing will happen to him. She files a police complaint, but even that does not do anything. And then in the final ending, he brutally assaults her, breaks 3 ribs, rapes and then kills her. What does one do with a person like that ? The Indian penal code and the judicial system provides for the extreme punishment in a case such as this. And this is the punishment that he has been sentenced to.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 9:48 AM