The Madhya Pradesh High Court has reduced the life sentence of a rape convict after the court observed the convict was “kind enough” to spare the four-year-old’s life.
The accused man argued before the court that he was falsely implicated in the case (Photo: File | Representative)
By Nalini Sharma: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Saturday reduced the life sentence of a rape convict after it noted that even though the crime was demonic, the convict was “kind enough” to spare the child’s life.
The Indore bench of Justice Subodh Abhyankar and Justice SK Singh of the high court reduced the life sentence of the convict to 20 years.
The court said, “In such circumstances, this court does not find any error in appreciation of evidence by the trial court and considering the demonic act of the appellant, who appears to have no respect for the dignity of a woman and has the propensity to commit sexual offences even with a girl child aged four years, this court does not find it to be a fit case where the sentence can be reduced to the sentence already undergone by him.”
“However, considering the fact that he was kind enough to leave the prosecutrix alive, this court is of the opinion that life imprisonment can be reduced to 20 years’ rigorous imprisonment,” it added.
“Accordingly, the criminal appeal is partly allowed and the appellant will be made to suffer the period of 20 years in accordance with the law,” it added.
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