Tabinda rape-n-murder: Court to sentence convicts today

Kupwara: The Principal and Sessions Judge, Kupwara Muhammad Ibrahim Thursday reserved for Friday its order on quantum of sentence to four convicts in Tabinda Gani rape and murder case.
Tabinda, a student of 8th class, was found dead in an orchard in Langate area on 20 July 2007 after her abduction. Medical reports confirmed rape before murder which was carried out by slitting her throat.
On Saturday, the court held Sadiq Mir alias Sadiq Choor, Azhar Mir alias Bilal both residents of Langate, Jehangir Bihari of West Bengal (A carpenter by profession) and Suresh Mochi (a cobbler), guilty of the gruesome act, which evoked massive protests across Kashmir with people demanding severe punishment to the culprits.
They have been found guilty of offences under RPC sections of 302(murder), 376 9 (rape), 364 (kidnapping with intention to kill) and 34 (crime done with common intention). The convicts can be sentenced only to life in jail or hanging till death.
Spokesperson of civil society group—Tabinda Gani Forum—Kifayat Ullah Shah told Kashmir Reader that nothing except death sentence would be adequate in the gruesome incident.
“If convicted persons were not hanged, we will come on the roads and stage protests across India,” he said.
Brother of late Tabinda Gani said that the family wants death penalty for the convicts as a deterrent to others.
“Nobody can fill our wounds but we seek death penalty to save the other girls,” he told Kashmir Reader.