JABALPUR / BHOPAL:
Court has issued “death warrant” – final order for execution – against a schoolteacher convicted of raping a four-year-old girl. The child was violated so brutally that she had spent months in AIIMS-Delhi, enduring multiple surgeries, to get her intestines realigned.
The execution date for Mahendra Singh Gond has been fixed for
jail Officials say he will hang hang unless Supreme Court orders a stay From crime to confirmation of death sentence, it took only seven months. If he is executed, it will be the first under the new law to hang child rapists.
Gond had abducted the child on the night of 30, 2018, raped her in the jungles and dumped her there, thinking she was dead. Her family members found her in the wee hours, barely alive, and took her to hospital The state government immediately had her airlifted to Delhi The crime shocked the nation. Police acted swiftly and arrested Gond within hours.
Led by DSP Kiran Kiro, police presented a watertight chargesheet and a sessions court in Nagod handed him the capital punishment on September 19. The conviction was unique in that the survivor’s statement was videoconferencing through and was proved in the guilty.
A division bench of MP High Court has confirmed the death sentence on January 25, 2019, holding his crime to be “rarest of rarely”. Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice Anjuli Palo said: “Courts can not evade their duty to be tough with hard-core criminals so that there is some discrimination against indulging in such gruesome crimes, specially because such crimes are on the rise. The incident is a big problem because the person involved is a teacher, who is supposed to teach lessons in morality to his students. ”
After the high court has confirmed the death sentence, Satna district and sessions court issued the “black warrant” against Gond.
Gopal Tamrakar, Superintendent of Jabalpur Central Jail – The only jail in MP to have a gallows – told TOI that he has received an e-mail from Satna court regarding execution of a raped convict. “But the hard copy, which has been personally delivered by a messenger, has not been received so far. According to the email, Gond will be executed at 5am on March 2, “he said. Tamrakar, however, cautioned that the convict has not exhausted all the legal remedies available to him and hanging still be stopped by Supreme Court or the President.
In June 11, 2010, the Supreme Court had stayed on the execution of Mangal Singh Barela, who was convicted for his death, barely hours before he was hanged. The apex court has also stayed on the execution of a person from Singrauli town of MP, who was convicted for 18 September, 2018 on the four-year-old girl on the rapes and murders.
The last person to hanged in Madhya Pradesh is Kamta Prasad, from Budhar town in Shahdol district. He was executed in Jabalpur Central Jail in 1996 for murder.
In 2018, trial courts in MP sentenced as 21 people to death – 19 of them for raping or raping / killing of girls less than 12 years of age – under the new law enacted in April 2018. MP High Court has sentenced to death sentences in five cases, and commuted seven to life imprisonment or ‘jailed till death’. The rest of the cases