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SC awards 36 years jail term to man for sodomising, killing boy

The Supreme Court on Thursday awarded a rare jail term of 36 years without remission to a man for strangulating a 10-year-old boy to death after sodomising him.

Reducing the death sentence of the convict to 30 years in jail in addition to the period already undergone which is six years, the bench said it is not a rarest of rare case but fixed the lengthy jail term for the ‘brutal, grotesque, diabolical and dastardly’ act.

‘We are of the view that incarceration of a further period of 30 years, without remission, in addition to the sentence already undergone, will be an adequate punishment in the facts and circumstances of the case, rather than death sentence,’ a bench headed by justice K S Radhakrishnan said.

‘We have no doubt in our mind that such types of crimes preceded by pederasty are extremely brutal, grotesque diabolical and revolting, which shock the moral fiber of the society, especially when the passive agent is a minor,’ the bench said.

The apex court upheld the conviction of Anil alias Anthony Arikswamy Joseph under various sections of the IPC and awarded the sentence considering that he was 35 years old and a father of a child at the time of committing the offence eight years ago. Anil has been behind the bars since 2008.
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