10 months after the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Burdwan in eastern
India, a court today prescribed the death sentence for her attacker.
The last death sentence of a similar crime was the one given to Dhananjoy
Chatterjee of Chhatna, who was executed in August 2004 - after a 14-year battle
to escape the noose - for the rape and murder of a teenage girl at her
apartment in Kolkata's Bhowanipore area.
The 4th additional district judge (sessions), Burdwan, today handed down the
death sentence to Binoy Bagdi, a daily wage-earner hailing for the rape and
murder of a 14 year old schoolgirl in April last year. “Considering the
aggravating and mitigating circumstances it appears that the convict deserves
the death sentence for the offence of murder,” the judge said in his order.
Bagdi was arrested on 5 May 2011 following a complaint by the father of the
victim, who accused him of the abduction, rape and murder of his daughter.
The girl, the father's complaint stated, was abducted by Bagdi on 28 April
afternoon while she was on the way to their ancestral home in the village. The
family had lodged a missing diary on the next day as the girl did not return
home and could not be traced anywhere.
On 3 May, locals saw some street dogs fighting over some pieces of human flesh.
It was found that the animals had dug out the flesh from a place located
between an irrigation channel and a pond in the vicinity of the village.
Police, in the presence of an executive magistrate, exhumed the mangled body of
a girl from the spot. The amputated hands of the corpse were recovered from
another place beside a bamboo grove.
The father identified the body after the girl's clothes, buried beside the
body, were unearthed. Her slippers and an earth-digging tool were subsequently
recovered from the cow-shed of one Ratan Ghosh in the village.
The victim was a class IX student in a local high school.
The police arrested Binoy as he was last seen with the victim on the day of her
disappearance. Mr Nirmal Sarkar, investigating officer of the case, filed the
charge-sheet on 24 July 2011.
After convicting the accused, the 4th ADJ (Sessions), Mr Somnath Banerjee,
today prescribed the death sentence stating: “Considering the balance of the
case, the findings of the apex court and considering the fact that silently and
slowly there is alarming increase in child murder and in sexual assault on
tender-aged girl which is threatening to the basic norms, virtues, morals, and
discipline of the society... For this I hold death sentence is appropriate
punishment for the said offence.”
(source: Asia News Network)