A court here has sentenced a Blueline bus driver to life imprisonment after convicting him for brutal assault on a Kashmiri migrant girl who had rejected his marriage proposal. The judge described the convict as “a sadist of the third degree, a psychopath and sexually perverted beast”.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Tewari wrote in his order: “From the ghastly act of violence which he has committed with the victim, the convict is a sadist of third degree, a psychopath and sexually perverted beast and he can go to any extent with this state of affairs of his mind to do any wrong either to himself or to the members of society. The brutal manner in which he inflicted the meat chopper on the person of the victim that she has been reduced to…just breathing devoid of any life…”

The judge also noted that the convict did not show any “remorse or repentance” and wrote letters from prison to terrorise the victim. “The presiding officer of this court has the occasion to observe the demeanour of the victim as a witness when the meat chopper was put to her for identification by the prosecution, she started shivering with fear and wanted to move her head to the other side but due to the injuries suffered by her, could not do so.”

The convict, Mahman Singh's attack on the girl left her requiring 80 stitches on her body, with most of the injuries on her face. She had also lost her power of speech, required multiple surgeries, was still under treatment for various infections that developed in different parts of the body, and was also suffering from depression.

The prosecution said that the girl worked as a computer operator at Karol Bagh, and used to travel from her residence to her workplace in a Blueline bus, driven by Singh, in January 2007. But after Singh started making marriage proposals, she avoided him and travelling on his bus.

“God knows when she will be treated fully and as to when she would come out of her depression and all the human values for her were shattered by the conduct of the convict when she deposed that she was begging and praying for mercy before the convict to spare her and refused to marry him as the convict was of the age of her father, but the over-possessive convict wanted to grab all the best things in his life,” Mr. Tewari said.

The court said there was no case for leniency, as Singh drove a bus, a public utility service, “and by showing any leniency to him, a wrong message will go into society that any girl or female can use the public utility services only if they are ready for their sexual exploitation by the persons who are concerned with providing the said service”.

Noting disparities in the victim's statements before the police and in court, the judge also observed that the case Investigating Officer, retired SI Mamoor Khan, seemed to be “bent upon spoiling the case of a girl belonging to a poor strata of society and not in a position to defend herself or allege anything against the IO.”

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