Apex court confirms death to Satara rapist killer

May 17th, 2008 - 12:17 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday condemned to the gallows a man from Satara in Maharashtra who raped and killed two minor girls in December 1999. Confirming the death sentence awarded to Mohan Anna Chavan by a Satara court and endorsed later by the Bombay High Court, an apex court bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice P. Sathasivam said raping and killing two minor girls of ages barely five and ten is a “rarest of rare crime.”

“The convict deserves no leniency,” said the bench, throwing out Chavan’s petition challenging the Bombay High Court’s September 2002 ruling, which endorsed his conviction and sentence imposed by the Satara trial court.

Chavan, a daily-wage labourer, working in Mumbai, had come to his native place Beghar Vasti in Satara district Dec 13, 1999 morning and had taken his daughter Reshma to a nearby market to buy some grocery items the same evening.

On his way back home, he met the two minor girls, Neelam (10) and Gauri (5), who lived in his neighbourhood. Being known to Chavan, the girls asked for sweets from him.

At this, Chavan sent his own daughter home along with the grocery items and took the girls to a nearby desolated place in the hills, where he raped both of them before killing them.

He subsequently threw the body of one of the girls into a dry well and hid the body of the other in the bushes.

After he returned home the next morning, his neighbours and the girls’ father enquired about the girls. On being beaten by the neighbours, he confessed to the rapes and killings after which he was handed over to the police.

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