In a landmark ruling, the Ernakulam additional district sessions court (dealing with atrocities against women and children) delivered a verdict on Tuesday, sentencing Asafaq Alam to death for the brutal sexual assault and murder of a five-year-old child in Aluva, Kerala.
The court, invoking five sections of the Pocso Act and the IPC, also imposed five life sentences for the remainder of Alam’s natural life. Alongside the severe sentences, a substantial fine of 7.20 lakh was levied on the accused.
Alam, who had kidnapped the innocent child from her Aluva home on July 28 around 3 pm, faced justice as the court proceedings unfolded around 11 am. A translator explained the verdict to him during the sentencing, ensuring a clear understanding of the punishment meted out.
Advocate G Mohanraj played a pivotal role as the special prosecutor in this emotionally charged case, where Alam allegedly committed the horrific crime by murdering the child before 5:30 pm on the same day she was kidnapped.
This decisive legal action stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment to justice for the victim and serves as a stern warning against such heinous acts in society.