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Here’s Why The Madras HC Justified Death Penalty For 7-Year-Old Girl’s Killer


The Madras High Court, comprising of Justices S Vimala and S Ramathilagam, have said that Dhasvant, the 23-year-old who had sexually assaulted and killed 7-year-old Hasini, deserved the death sentence, thereby upholding the trial court’s February verdict. A few days ago, the Court dismissed the convict’s appeal to quash his death sentence.

The News Minute reports what the court said about maintaining the death sentence for Dhasvant.

“Silent and Listen are words spelled with the same letters, but for listening the silent cry of the child, justice would be an impossibility.  This is all the more true in the case of child sexual abuse, which itself is a silent crime,” they said, quoting author David Avocado Wolfe. They further added that Dhasvant’s barbaric act will not garner any amount of sympathy that can relieve the pain that Hasini’s parents are going through with the loss of their daughter.

Hasini was sexually assaulted and killed by this 23-year-old IT man last year. Let out on bail, he later committed another murder, that of his mother. The court held him guilty on all charges including those under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, convicted under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping, abduction), 354-b (assault or use of criminal force on woman with intent to disrobe), 302 (murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the IPC and section 8 read with 7, 6, 5(m) of POCSO (punishment for aggravated sexual assault).

Dhasvant had lured the 7-year-old, who stayed in the same apartment complex as his, on February 2017 and brought her home. He sexually assaulted her and then suffocated her to death. Using some petrol, he put the body in a travel bag and burned her body by the highway near his home. The police arrest him on the grounds of the Goondas Act then. The case was registered at Chennai’s Mangadu police station with the cross-examination of 34 witnesses done in a span of two months.

His father had applied for his bail in Mahila Court in Chengalpet. He also filed a habeas corpus petition with the Madras High Court, and he was then out on bail during September.

His father, Sekar, left for work when his wife, Sarala, was found murdered and gold jewellery including her thaali and a pair of bangles went missing. Dhasvant was missing from the flat with his bike gone and mobile switched off.

He was then caught at Mahalaxmi Race Court in Mumbai by a special team. He had even tried escaping, with police successfully nabbing him wherein he confessed to the murders.

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