Odisha HC quashes POCSO court’s death penalty to rape & murder accused

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today quashed death penalty awarded to a rape and murder accused by a POCSO court in 2019. The High Court also asked the POCSO court to review its judgement.

The POCSO court had in July, 2019 awarded death sentence to Anam Dehuri (22) for raping and murdering a minor girl at Kangula village in Angul district on January 20, 2019. It was the first capital punishment under POCSO Act in the state.

On the fateful day, the girl was carrying lunch for her father to his shop when Dehuri abducted her to a forested area near the village, raped her, and thrashed her to death with a stone fearing that she might disclose the matter to the villagers. He was later arrested from Kolkata under Section 376 (3), 302, 201 of IPC and section 6 of POCSO Act.

Holding Dehuri guilty in the case, Special Judge of POCSO court Suresh Chandra Pradhan had pronounced the death sentence.

Dehuri had then moved the High Court challenging the death penalty through a criminal appeal.

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