After 110 days of trial, Bihar native, Ashafaq Alam (28) got capital punishment, on Tuesday by The Ernakulam additional district sessions court (atrocities against women and children) who was the lone accused in the abduction, rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in Aluva.
The Judge, K Soman, who was presiding over the trial accepted that the case was one of the rare cases. He upheld the 13 charges which were levelled by the prosecution including rape, murder, torture, kidnapping, indignity to a human corpse, destroying the evidence and other three POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) charges. The Judge ordered that the accused turned convict must be hanged to death to the public prosecutor (PP), said G Mohanraj.
Later, the PP had a talk with the media channels where he told the media outside the premises of the court that the convict received the capital punishment for multiple offences including rape and aggressive penetrative sexual assault under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the POCSO Act. The court had also imposed a fine of over Rs six lakh on the convict, he added.
The death sentence was pronounced for the offence of murder under the IPC Section 302. Other than the death sentence, the court also announced life imprisonment by specifically mentioning ’till reminder of his natural life’ under IPC sections 376 (2) (j), 377, and POCSO Act sections 5(l) and 5 (m).
The final verdict of the case came after 110 days after the crime took place, on Children’s Day. It is an achievement as far as the Kerala police are concerned, said ADGP M R Ajithkumar. November 14, 2023 also marked the 11th anniversary of the POCSO Act, which had come into effect on November 14, 2012. The victim’s parents were also present in court when the punishment was given to Alam, who was earlier convicted on November 4.