For the father of Hasini, a seven-year-old who was sexually assaulted, murdered and burnt in Chennai, this nightmare came to life on Tuesday. The accused in his daughter’s case was granted bail by a Mahila Court in Chengalpet. This was after the Madras High Court quashed 22-year-old Dhasvanth’s detention under the Goondas act. He was arrested in February for the little girl’s rape and murder.
“My first instinct was to make sure my wife did not hear about this,” says 36-year-old *Rajesh, who was at his native village in Andhra Pradesh when he heard the devastating news. “I told her my phone is broken and needed hers for two days. I couldn’t sleep the whole night. I am just in shock. How can they let him go like this?” he asks, tensed.
Dhasvanth, who resided in the same apartment complex as Rajesh’s family in Mugalivakkam had allegedly lured the child into his apartment, sexually assaulted and murdered her. He then went on to burn the little girl’s body. Neighbours had alleged that the mechanical engineer had brought a puppy home about five months back and used that to get close to the children in the flat.
On March 20, even as investigations were underway, police slapped the Goondas act against him. Dhasvanth’s father had applied for his bail in a Mahila Court in Chengalpet even before he was booked under the Goondas Act.
Dhasvanth’s father had then filed a habeas corpus petition in front of the Madras High Court. The court on Tuesday accused the police of not responding to the petition filed by the father on time and of delaying the case. It further added that this was against the rights of the petitioner. Thus, Dhasvanth’s detention under Goondas Act was set aside.
“I was surprised when he got bail, I never thought he would. Senior police officers had promised me that he won’t get bail for a year as they had invoked the Goondas Act on him, Rajesh told The News Minute.