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Man sentenced to death for rape and murder

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 30 | Publish Date: 12/30/2020 11:12:11 AM IST

A 40-year-old man convicted of murdering his three-month pregnant girlfriend 10 years ago was awarded death sentence by a session court in Manipur’s Thoubal district on Wednesday.

Session Judge Thoubal, A Noutuneshwari Devi, while awarding the capital punishment to Irom Chaoren Singh (40) son of I Biren a resident of Leishangthem Khong Manung of Thoubal district, after a sentence hearing today, also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict.

“Irom Chaoren Singh is sentenced to death with a fine of Rs 50,000 only and the convict shall be hanged to death”, the order of the special judge stated.

Earlier on December 28, the special judge declared Chaoren guilty for rape and murdering his girlfriend who was three-month pregnant and causing the death of his unborn child.

The session court further ordered a compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh to the brother of the victim woman, which National Legal Service Authority is to pay under the scheme for compensation of women victims or survivor of sexual assault or other crimes.

While hailing the judgment of the court, additional public prosecutor P Dhanakumar said that “It is one of the rarest cases that occurred in Manipur”.

The case is a double murder case. The convict had not only murdered his girlfriend but also his unborn child, he added. 

The sentence hearing of the case was held in an open court today with strict adherence to COVID-19 SOP and notification of the High Court of Manipur.

As per dossiers of the case, the dead body of the victim woman was recovered from the Imphal river along the Chongtham Kona Meitei Leikai stretch in Imphal East district on 26 July, 2010.

On the same day the body of the victim was recovered, the convict was arrested based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s younger brother before Thoubal police station.

The convicted Irom Chaoren called out the victim at around 9 am on June 18, 2010 to meet him at Thoubal Bazar. Since then her whereabouts remained untraceable until her dead body was recovered from the river bed 10 days after she went missing.

The convict murdered the victim by strangulation before throwing the body into the Imphal River stretch after pouring poison in her mouth on June 18, 2010.

The convict hatched the entire plan to eliminate his girlfriend with one of his cousin brothers who was acquitted from the case on December 28, the day the court pronounced the judgment of convicting Chaoren.

The trial of the case was on from January 2017 onward in connection with the rape and murder case of the woman.

Considering the chain of circumstance/evidence/established facts against the convict, the court observed that the convict had a love affair with the deceased for two years and he did not meet the victim for around three/four months.

The court observed that during their two years of love affairs, the convict had sexual relationships with the woman on many occasions during which the victim got pregnant.

However, he (the convict) wanted to get rid of and later planned to eliminate her by calling her out on the pretext of eloping on June 18, 2010.

The court convicted Irom Chaoren under sections 376/ 302 and 316 of IPC.

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