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Judge writes heart-touching poem in judgement while awarding death penalty to child rapist

Judge Neerja Dadhich sentenced Vinod Banjara (23), who raped a 3-year old girl on August 2 near Malsisar village of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan to death penalty. Judge Neerja Dadhich wrote the poem and warned of the increasing number of child rape cases in the country.

September 1, 2018, 1:01 pm

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Jaipur: The woman judge of a local court in Jhunjhunu was so aghast over heinousness in a child rape case that he wrote a heart-moving poem in her judgement that awarded death penalty to the convict. Judge Neerja Dadhich sentenced Vinod Banjara (23), who raped a 3-year old girl on August 2 near Malsisar village of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan to death penalty. Judge Neerja Dadhich wrote the poem and warned of the increasing number of child rape cases in the country. Here is the poem: “Voh masum naazuk bachhi, ek aangan ki kali thi, voh maa- baap ki aankho ka taara thi, armaano se pali thi. Jiski maasum adaao se maa-baap ka din ban jaata tha, jiski ek muskaan se aage pathar bhi moum ban jaata tha. Voh masum bachhi thik se bol nahi paati thi, dikhaa ke jiski maasumiyat udaasi bhi muskaan ban jaati thi. Jisne jeevan ke keval teen basant hi dekhe the, uspr yeh annyaay hua, yeh kese vidhi ke lekhe the? Ek teen saal ki beti pr yeh kesa atyachaar hua? Ek bacchi ko darindo se bacha na ske yeh kese mulk itna laachar hua? Uss bachhi pr kitna julm hua, vot kitna royi hogi. Mera hi kaleja fatt jaaata h toh maa se kese soyi hogi? Jis maasum ko dekhkr mann mei pyaar umad kar aata h, dekh ussi ko kuch ke mann mei hewaan utar aata h. Kapdo ke kaaran hote rape jo kahe, unhe batlaau mai, aakhir teen saal ki bachhi ko saree kese pehnau mei? Gar ab bhi na sudhre toh ek din aisa aayega, iss desh ko beti dene se bhaghwaan bhi ghabhrayega.” This is the first death penalty delivered in Jhunjhunu district under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. The judgement was delivered within 20 days of the police submitting the chargesheet against the accused. The court sentenced the 23-year-old man to death and imposed a penalty of Rs 5000. According to police, a 3-year-old minor girl came to visit her grandparents in their house at Jhunjhunu. Vinod, who was a vendor, entered the house on the pretext of selling and spotted the minor. The girl’s grandmother was out of the house to buy butter milk. By the time she returned home, Vinod had raped the girl and fled away. Her grandmother found the child bleeding profusely and crying. The accused Vinod Banjara is a resident of Alipura of Lalsot tehsil of Dausa. Vinod was identified as an accused and arrested from his house in Chirawa at Dausa on August 3 within 24 hours.

First published: September 1, 2018