Thursday, September 30, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Ayesha murderer jailed for life; Dalits protest;-dalits-protest/211236.html

Ayesha murderer jailed for life; Dalits protest

Express News Service

First Published : 30 Sep 2010 05:00:20 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Sep
2010 10:44:53 AM IST

VIJAYAWADA: After many twists and turns, the sensational Ayesha Meera
rape-cum-murder case finally culminated in a lifer for main accused
Pidatala Satyam Babu (24) here on Wednesday sparking off protests from
various quarters.

Satyam Babu of Anasagaram village in Krishna district was held guilty
on two counts of murder and rape. He was handed life imprisonment for
murdering Ayesha Meera, an under-graduate, under Section 302 of the
IPC and asked to pay Rs 1,000 or undergo six more months in jail if he
fails to pay up.

The court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment and imposed a fine of
Rs 1,000/six more months in jail under Section 376 of the IPC for
raping the girl. Both the sentences will run concurrently.

Satyam Babu pleaded with the Mahila Sessions Court Judge P Sree Sudha
to hang him if he was found guilty but prayed her to consider the
plight of his mother and sister before delivering the verdict.

His mother and sister are dependent upon him for their livelihood.

Additional Public Prosecutor G Uma, however, would have none of it and
argued strongly in favour of capital punishment for the accused. She
cited Supreme Court judgments to buttress her arguments.

Senior advocate Karnati Rammohana Rao, Bojja Tarakam, P Srinivas, ASS
Ramprasad, B Sambasiva Rao, VNV Rajyalakshmi, Pilla Ravi and K
Sudhakar Raju defended the accused in the 2 1/2 years old case. The
defence lawyers sought time to prepare their final arguments prompting
the judge to adjourn the proceedings till noon. The 103-page judgment
was delivered after the court reassembled.

Tension gripped the court premises soon after with several Dalit
organisations locking the main gate in protest against the "injustice"
meted out to Satyam Babu.

"The government has punished an innocent young man to shield the real
culprits," the protestors alleged.

Dalit Sthree Sakthi state convener and High Court advocate G Jhansi
said a Dalit had been victimised and punished for a crime committed by
influential people.

She wondered why the government was so desperate to help the real murderer.

The protestors raised slogans and said people would lose confidence in
the judiciary if an innocent man like Satyam Babu was punished. They
blamed the police for wrongly implicating him in the case.


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