Verdict in Aluva Child Rape Case to be Announced Today
Kochi: The Ernakulam POCSO Court is set to deliver the verdict in a highly sensitive case involving the abduction, rape, and murder of a five-year-old girl in Aluva. The quantum of sentence for the accused, Ashfaq Alam (28), will be pronounced today at 11 am. The court proceedings have been closely watched by the public and the prosecution has demanded the severest punishment for the defendant.
The court has found Ashfaq guilty on multiple charges, including murder, kidnapping, torture, indecent treatment of a human corpse, destruction of evidence, and various POCSO charges. By upholding these 13 charges, the court has acknowledged the gravity of the crimes committed against the innocent victim.
Throughout the trial, experts have debated on the appropriate sentence for the accused. The defense team argued against capital punishment, taking into account Ashfaq’s age and the potential for rehabilitation. However, the prosecution argues that considering the heinous nature of the crime, capital punishment is essential to ensuring justice is served.
The trial, which began on October 4, lasted for 26 days. It was on July 28 that Ashfaq kidnapped the child and subjected her to a horrifying ordeal of rape and torture, ultimately leading to her tragic death. Her lifeless body was discovered the following morning, bound in a sack within the Aluva market area.
Ashfaq, reported to be a drug addict, had lured the minor with a juice laced with intoxicants before carrying out the despicable acts. The case has shocked the nation and sparked widespread outrage, highlighting the urgent need for stricter laws and increased protection for children.
- What charges has the accused been found guilty of?
The accused, Ashfaq Alam, has been found guilty of multiple charges including murder, kidnapping, torture, indecent treatment of a human corpse, destruction of evidence, and various POCSO charges.
- What is the punishment being demanded by the prosecution?
The prosecution is demanding the severest punishment for the defendant, Ashfaq Alam, which could potentially include capital punishment.
- When will the verdict be announced?
The verdict will be announced today at 11 am by the Ernakulam POCSO Court.
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