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Justice for Kashmir's Nirbhaya

Accused in 2005 infamous rape and murder of the six-year-old sentenced to death

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Kashmir's Nirbhaya has finally been delivered justice. A local court sentenced the accused to death on Saturday, for raping and murdering the six-year-old in 2005.

The case dates back to July 2005 when the accused, Farooq Ahmad Pinzoo, enticed a six-year-old girl to his home and raped her till she died. He later dumped the body in a trench and tried to burn her clothes to destroy the evidence.

After one month, he was arrested and after spending four years in prison he was granted interim bail. Last month he was arrested again after he tried to jump the bail and flee.

"The accused was 40 years old when he committed the crime. The victim was his neighbour and he enticed her to his home. He raped and smothered her to death. Postmortem has proved that even after her death, he continued to rape her," said Mujeeb Andrabi, additional public prosecutor in the case.

After hearing the arguments, second additional session judge Srinagar Tahir Khurshid Raina convicted the accused for rape and murder and sentenced him to death terming it as rarest of the rare case.

"The events unfolded from July 31, 2005 when deceased went missing till his arrest and his disclosure and recovery reveal a saga of shock and dismay in the whole vicinity... The whole chain of evidence before this court when tested on the touchstone of principle quoted above put this case in the rarest of the rare category... Accordingly convict is awarded capital punishment. He shall be hanged till death," said Judge Raina.

Judge Raina noted that there is in fact a steep rise in the sexual offences against the women and children. "When child is a victim of such horrendous act, then the court has to speak in the manners which match the collective conscience of the society, and also to act as a deterrent," he said.

Judgespeak

  • “A little doll of just six who was yet to bloom and add to the beauty of the world was crushed to death in the most horren-dous and barbaric manner 
  • “After the detestable act, he wrapped the body in a sack and threw it in a trench to conceal it from the eyes of the world,” the judge said.
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