Yellapatar rape and murder case: Telangana special court sentence all three accused to death

File photo of Yellapatar rape and murder case accused.

File photo of Yellapatar rape and murder case accused.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Dalit woman was raped, murdered in November 2019.

The three accused in the November 2019 Yellapatar gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman were awarded the death penalty on Thursday by the designated Special Court for speedy trial. Adilabad District Judge M.G. Priyadarshini, also the in- charge Judge of the Special Court, termed the crime the ‘rarest of rare’ kind before delivering the verdict.

The sentence to hang until death, needs to be confirmed by the Telangana State High Court. The Judge provided a 30-day period to the accused to appeal before the High Court.

“The accused, Shaik Babu, Shaik Shabuddin and Shaik Maqdoom, of Yellapatar village were found guilty of all charges,” said Additional Public Prosecutor M. Ramana Reddy.

“They were awarded capital punishment under section 302 IPC read with section 34 of IPC and section 3(2) (v) of the SC, ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 and fined ₹5,000 each, given life imprisonment under section 376 D and fined ₹2,000 each besides three-year imprisonment and imposing a fine of ₹1,000 on accused 2 and 3 under section 404,” he said.

It took only about 45 days from the date of filing of charges for the Special Court to deliver the judgment in what had become a sensational issue in the State. There was a strong demand, especially from the SC organisations for justice to the poor family of the victim which hailed from Gosampalle village in Khanapur mandal of Nirmal district but were temporarily staying in Jainoor mandal, headquarter of KB Asifabad district.

The 30-year-old poor Scheduled Caste woman belonging to the backward Beda Budaga Jangalu caste, who earned her livelihood by bartering utensils for discarded human hair and selling balloons, was gangraped and brutally murdered by the trio on November 24 last year between Ramnaik tanda and Yellapatar habitations in Lingapur mandal under Lingapur police station limits of KB Asifabad district.

 “The police arrested the three accused on November 27 as investigations revealed their role in the heinous crime and they were remanded in custody immediately,” KB Asifabad Superintendent of Police M. Malla Reddy said at a press conference after the verdict was delivered.

The case attracted considerable attention in the wake of a similar incident, the Disha case, which took place in Hyderabad a few days later. A Special Court for speedy trial was designated on December 11 and the police filed an almost 100-page charge sheet on December 24.

The trial began on December 27 as the prosecution examined witnesses. The court appointed advocate A.A. Rahim as State Brief for the accused.

The prosecution had cited 44 witnesses and produced circumstantial evidence based on DNA reports and reports on blood and semen of the accused. The Judge found the accused guilty of the offence and awarded the death sentence.

It may be mentioned here that the State government has borne the responsibility of education of the two sons of Teku Gopi, the husband of the victim. He was also given a three-acre plot and a job as attender in the Revenue department in KB Asifabad district.

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