Disappointed by sentence in Gudiya gang-rape case, BBA to move high court

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October 2, 2022

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Disappointed by sentence in Gudiya gang-rape case, BBA to move high court

Reacting to the Karkardooma POCSO court’s sentence awarding 20 years rigorous imprisonment to the two convicts in the 2013 Gudiya gang-rape case, BBA this evening expressed “deep disappointment” over the judgment.

Dissatisfied with POCSO court special judge N K Malhotra’s sentence, BBA’s standing counsel H S Phulka said the organisation would challenge it in the high court. The court today sentenced the two convicts, Manoj Shah and Pradeep Kumar, who brutally gang-raped Gudiya on April 15, 2013, and left her to die in a locked room, to 20 years rigorous imprisonment and declared a Rs 11-lakh fine.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan which gave legal, financial and medical support to Gudiya in the case was deeply disappointed by the judgment.

The Karkardooma trial court on Thursday sentenced twenty years of rigerous life imprisonment to the two convicts in Gudiya gang rape case and Rs. 11 lakh compensation to the survivor.

Sampurna Behura, director (legal) at BBA said, “we are highly disappointed on the quantum of punishment because a five year old girl, for no fault of her was brutally assaulted and left to die and had to undergo six major surgeries. Giving a mere twenty years of punishment is not Justice but rather leniency towards the convicts.The very purpose of pocso act has been defeated as by not giving life imprisonment the judgement has become not victim centric, but accused centric.”

HS Phoolka, counsel of BBA who represented the survivor in the court said, “We will move to High Court demanding life imprisonment for the remainder of life and a higher compensation to the survivor.”

It is high time that judiciary takes accountability for delivery of time bound  Justice as per the mandate of the pocso act. After almost seven years of battle the judgement has come but has proved to be no relief for the survivor and the family. This is a case where the survivor had support from civil societies. But there are thousands other gudiyas who are still awaiting Justice.

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