State to speed up ex­e­cu­tion of rapist

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to ex­pe­dite the first-ever ex­e­cu­tion of a rapist in the state by get­ting the courts to set a date for hang­ing Mo­han Anna Cha­van, 16 years af­ter he raped and killed two girls aged five and 10 in Kol­ha­pur.

Like in the case of the 1993 Mum­bai blasts con­vict, Yakub Me­mon, the state, to speed up the process, de­cided to urge the ses­sions court to fix the date for the ex­e­cu­tion. Cha­van’s mercy pe­ti­tion was re­jected by the Pres­i­dent ear­lier this year and he has now moved a re­view pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court.

“In the case of Me­mon, the re­view pe­ti­tion was ex­pe­dited in the Supreme Court only af­ter the trial court fixed the date of the hang­ing in July this year. On the same lines, our prayer to the ses­sions court would be to de­cide on the hang­ing. We are keen on expediting the ex­e­cu­tion,” said an of­fi­cial in the home depart­ment.

On De­cem­ber 13, 1999, Cha­van lured the two girls in Kol­ha­pur’s Gu­lamb vil­lage with the of­fer of sweets and com­mit­ted the crime. He threw the body of one child in a dry well in a field and the other be­hind some bushes af­ter stran­gu­lat­ing her. The ses­sions court held him guilty of rape and mur­der and sen­tenced him to death. The Bom­bay high court con­firmed the death sen­tence in 2002 and the Supreme Court up­held it in 2008.

“More than 16 years af­ter the un­par­don­able crime, the con­vict has not been pun­ished and has been re­sort­ing to var­i­ous reme­dies avail­able,” said the of­fi­cer.

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