School teacher’s killer awarded life imprisonment

School teacher’s killer awarded life imprisonment

Father expresses satisfaction over the verdict, demands fast track trial in similar cases

SRINAGAR: A man from Srinagar was awarded life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3 lakhs for stabbing a female schoolteacher in Humhama area in the outskirts of the capital city nine years ago. The murderer identified as Irfan Bhat had stabbed the schoolteacher Sakina Khan multiple times and she bled to death on way to hospital.
The trial court had convicted Irfan two days ago but the quantum of punishment was deferred for two days. On Wednesday, the quantum of punishment was announced after petitioner counsel Abdul Aziz Teli pleaded before the court that the crime carried out by Bhat was heinous as the convict murdered the young woman mercilessly. “The convict should be awarded worst possible punishment,” the counsel pleaded.
Defense counsel Tasaduq Hussain pleaded before the court that the convict was not a murderer but the incident has taken place in ‘awful circumstances’. “The convict should be given justice and punishment awarded in terms which the court feels sustainable,” he said.
After listening to the arguments for and against the life imprisonment, principal district and sessions judge Rashid Ali Dar said the court was convinced that the convict has carried the grave crime of murder. “After going through strong evidences in the case and in the eyes of law, the convict is liable for punishment which will act as deterrent to others in carrying out such kind of incidents,” the judge declared.
Therefore, this court is awarding a life imprisonment to convict Irfan Bhat under section 302 RPC and it is further directed to pay Rs 3 lacs to victim’s family as compensation.
On previous hearing the court had held the accused Irfan Bhat guilty for charges under section 302 (punishment for murder) and 341 RPC (punishment for wrongful restraint). The court had also directed Bhat to file any queries related to the judgment order.
Father of the deceased girl Abdul Qadir Khan expressed satisfied on the court verdict. “I am satisfied with the judgment passed today but as a father I want these cases to be done on fast track basis. It took me almost 10 years to get justice for my daughter,” he said. He said the former law minister Basharat Bukhari helped in expediting the court proceedings.
The case states that on 10 July 2008, a report was lodged at police station Humhama that a girl namely Sakina Khan, a private schoolteacher, was repeatedly stabbed by Irfan Bhat outside her home at Gulberg colony, Hyderpora. The accused stabbed her repeatedly with sharp knife with intention to kill her. He also slit the victim’s throat. The people living in the vicinity tried to escort the girl and the accused to SMHS hospital where the girl died on way to hospital but the Bhat’s life was saved. Pertinently an FIR no 344/2008 was lodged against the accused under section 307,341,309 RPC. Later on, police after investigation filed charge-sheet against the accused and charges were framed under sections 302,341 and 309 RPC. The accused during investigation had confessed before the police to committing the crime. In this case prosecution had examined 26 witnesses. The state was represented by senior advocate Syed Maqbool initially but later on it was represented by special prosecutor Abdul Aziz Teli.


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