November 30, 2011

'Sexually perverted beast' attacks girl with meat chopper, gets life term

NEW DELHI: A trial court has sentenced a Blueline bus driver to life imprisonment for brutally assaulting a girl with a meat chopper after she refused to marry him.

Calling him a "psychopath and sexually perverted beast", additional session's judge, Rakesh Tiwari, held Mahman Singh guilty for abducting the victim, Monica, and then attacking her with a meat chopper after she refused to marry him. After inflicting more than 80 injuries on Monica's body, Singh set the room (in which he had kept her) on fire.

"From the ghastly acts of violence which he has committed with the victim, (it's clear) the convict is a sadist of third degree, a psychopath and sexually perverted beast and 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 the society," the court said.

The court convicted Singh after taking note of Monica's deposition that he would write letters to her even from jail and terrorized her during his trial. "The convict did not stop here as he has no remorse or repentance and even after committing the crime, he continued to write letters from judicial custody in jail to the house of the victim so as to create a terror in the victim's mind," it said.

Monica, a Kashmiri migrant who worked as a computer operator at Karol Bagh, used to travel from her residence in Hari Nagar to the workplace in a Blueline bus that was driven by Singh, the prosecution said. As Singh would constantly stare at her, Monica grew suspicious of his intentions and stopped travelling in his bus. According to the prosecution, on January 20, 2007, Monica went to a neighbourhood market in Hari Nagar where Singh accosted her and forced her to accompany him to an unknown place near Uttam Nagar. Singh asked Monica if she would marry him but she rejected his proposal. Singh could not handle the rejection and attacked Monica with a meat chopper and then set her room on fire. Some people reported about the fire and Monica was rescued by the police.

The ASJ noted that Monica had received 80 stitches on her body, arm head, face

her left thumb had been chopped off, she had undergone multiple surgeries and her speech was also lost for over three years. Monica also suffered from depression and started shivering at the sight of a meat chopper in the court.

The court denied Singh's plea for leniency, in which he had said that he was married and has a nine-month-old baby. "Admittedly the convict was driving 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 public utility service," the court said.