Orissa HC Rejects POCSO Court’s Death Sentence To Rape & Murder Accused

Cuttack: Orissa High Court on Wednesday rejected POCSO court’s pronouncement of death sentence to a man accused of raping and murdering a minor girl in Angul in January 2019.

The High Court also asked the POCSO court to review its judgement.

Earlier in July 2019, the POCSO court had awarded death sentence to one Anam Dehuri (22) for raping and murdering a minor girl at Kangula village in Angul district on January 20, 2019.

According to the case details, the victim was headed to her father’s shop when Dehuri abducted the minor to an isolated place and outraged her modesty. Later, the accused thrashed her to death with a stone.

After a case was registered, police launched a probe and arrested the accused Dehuri from Kolkata under Section 376 (3), 302, 201 of IPC and section 6 of POCSO Act.

The court held the accused guilty of the charges and sentenced Dehuri to death.

Dehuri had then moved the High Court challenging the death penalty.