India’s judicial system has been criticised for a long time due to its pace. And the criticism is justified because it took five brutal years for the Supreme Court to uphold the death sentences in the Nirbhaya case. Additionally, the time that’s being taken on the Kathua case is already taking its toll as evidences are being botched. However, a court in Madhya Pradesh might’ve ignited some hope among Indians.
According to Hindustan Times, a court in Datia, Madhya Pradesh held a three day trial on the rape case of a six-year-old girl. Datia Superintendent of police Mayank Awasthi said,
“The six-year-old girl was raped by Ahirwar on May 29 when she had gone to attend the marriage of a relative. Ahirwar lured the girl with flowers and took her to a government school and raped her. The girl was found by her parents in the school in a semi-conscious state. She was taken to a doctor who said she had been raped.”
The family had instantly informed the Madhya Pradesh when the incident had happened and that’s why the accused was arrested within 24 hours. And, as mentioned before, while it takes years to punish the accused, the court took just 3 days to sentence the 24-year-old Motilal Ahirwar to life imprisonment till death.
The accused Motilal Ahirwar, who’s a resident of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, was sentenced under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act by Special Judge Hitendra Dwivedi. District prosecution officer Puspendra Garg said,
“The judgment was pronounced on the basis of statement of 17 witnesses and a senior medical officer.”
Garg added that this was one of the fastest trials in Madhya Pradesh. Ahirwar was convicted under section 376 (AB) (punishment for rape on a woman under 12 years age) and 366 (abduction) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 3, 4 and 5 of POCSO Act.
One of the major reasons why rape cases aren’t registered in India is because people know that they wouldn’t get justice in time. And they aren’t wrong to think so because the judiciary has a long history of failing rape victims. But maybe it’s these smaller achievements of the judiciary that’ll give people the strength to lodge an FIR and bring back a sense of justice in our country.