The victim, Jyotikumari Chowdhary had left for work at night in her office cab when the driver, 31-year-old Purushottam Dashrath Borate and his friend, 25-year-old Pradeep Yashwant Kokade took her far from office and home, where they raped her in a deserted spot and then killed her in cold blood.
In his 116-page judgment, Principal District and Sessions Judge Badar said the accused had meticulously chalked out the plan to rape and murder the victim on her last working day in office. "The crime was not committed by the accused in a sudden impulse for sex, but in a predetermined manner to satisfy their hunger for sex," the judgement read."While satisfying their lust, Borate forgot the fact that he was married. The motive evinces total depravity and meanness of sex maniacs having a pervert mind."
Even as the victim's father remained quiet in court, without any visible reaction, and her sister sobbed throughout the verdict, Jyotikumari's brother-in-law said they hoped the 'landmark judgement' would act as a deterrent for criminals, and though the victim will not come back to them again, the family will pursue the matter till the end.
This is the second verdict in the country in a case of rape and murder of a BPO employee. In 2010, cab driver Shivakumar was sentenced to life imprisonment till death for the rape and murder in 2005 of Hewlett Packard India employee Pratibha Murthy in Bangalore. He also got 20 years for rape and 10 years for kidnapping.
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told TOI that such a sentence was necessary to send out a strong message. The cab driver had not only betrayed the trust of the victim, but deprived the trust of society at large.
As more and more sex-offenders continue to walk away scot-free, or manage to evade the noose, it remains to be seen what really happens with this 'landmark judgement', whether the accused will really face the sentence given, or whether they will prove to make a mockery of the Indian Justice System all over again by approaching the higher courts and being let off..
And even as I discussed this with friends, here are a few of the reactions that came:
ST: wait for seven days, you will see them approaching supreme court and the hanging will be held till the decision, which will not be less than 15-20 years.
AC: I guess a death sentence wld b an escape fr these rats. They should b made deprived of their 'that' & let out with a public notice tattooed on their face! / Something more severe which wld Rape the soul of these men whenever anyone see them or vice versa. They must feel worse than what a rape victim feels like!
AP: Pehle Afzal aur Kasab ko toh latkao yar!!
And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ
Debolina Raja Gupta