MUMBAI:In a rare judgement, M P Divate, Additional Sessions Judge, Vasai sentenced a 24 year old convict Rahul Gajanan Tumbada to a minimum 30 years Life Imprisonment for raping and murder of a 12 year old minor in Kaman, Vasai in January 2014.
The victim, a Std VI student of a Zilla Parishad (ZP) school in Kaman, Vasai on 16 January 2014, while returning from school, Tumbada offered her a lift and as the victim knew the convict, hitched on the bike. But instead of taking her to her home, Tumbada took her to a desolate spot in Kaman and brutally raped her. Next, Tumbada strangulated her throat and she also received head and anogenital injuries. The girl's body was discovered in the bushes by locals, who informed the Vasai police and the accused was arrested under Section 376 (2) (rape), and 302 (murder) of the IPC,said Ujwala Moholkar, Public Prosecutor, Vasai. We examined around 21 witnesses which nailed the truth on the basis of chemical analysis and DNA tests, and the Judge convicted and sentenced Tumbada to a minimum 30 years Life Imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000,she said. The Judge also directed the District Legal Services Authorite to give suitable compensation to the parents of the minor,she said.