The incident started on July 28. The five-year-old daughter of a migrant couple from Bihar goes missing from their house in Aluvar. A missing diary was then filed by the couple at the local police station. A team of police conducted a search operation based on the written complaint of the family. But they failed to find the five-year-old girl after searching through the night.
The next day i.e. July 29, the police recovered the frozen body of the child from a garbage heap near the local market. The autopsy report stated that she was strangled to death after being raped. After seeing the CCTV footage, the police arrested the accused Ashwak Alam in a drunken state. The accused lived in the second floor of the child’s house. He also admitted the guilt during the interrogation.
After that, the police filed a case against the accused in the POCSO court. After 99 days of arrest, the judge of the special court of Ernakulam found the accused Alam guilty in that case on November 5. Convicted under a total of 26 sections of Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act. It includes multiple charges including rape, murder, evidence loss.
Although found guilty, the court did not pronounce the sentence. The public prosecutor G Mohanraj said that Alam, who was caught on Tuesday, has been ordered to be hanged. He also said that the court fined the accused six lakh taka. The government lawyer also said that the family of the baby girl is happy with the court verdict.
Meanwhile, the accused Ashwak Alam collapsed in the court after hearing the order of hanging. An appeal to the Kerala High Court against the POCSO court verdict has been indicated. Government advocate Mohanraj said that they are looking at the judgment of the High Court. If the POCSO court verdict is upheld by the high court, the accused will be hanged, he said.
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Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan welcomed the verdict in the Aluva child rape and murder case on Children’s Day. It is a stern warning for child molesters, he said. Along with this, the Chief Minister of Kerala appreciated the role of the police for strict punishment of the criminals. Besides this, Vijayan assured to be with the child’s family.