On November 1, 2007 Jyotikumari Chaudhary (22), who worked with Wipro BPO was raped and murdered by her office cab driver and his friend. Five years after the first rape and murder of an IT/BPO employee in Pune by a cab driver, Newsline takes a look at the detailed judgment of the HC which recently upheld the death sentence passed on the two convicted by a Pune court, and some similar cases in Pune pending in court, besides measures taken by the IT sector in these five years after the Jyotikumari murder for better and safer transport of women employees.
Case that deserved death, perpetrators beyond reformation
In the detailed 159-page judgment confirming the death sentence in the Jyotikumari Chaudhary rape and murder case, a division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising justices P D Kode and V M Kanade had said: The accused are beyond reformation and even if given a chance, could never be reformed since they committed the said act in a cold-blooded and diabolical manner. Reformation in such cases is impossible....
The bench had last month confirmed the death sentence awarded by a Pune court. The detailed judgment was made available last week.
Jyotikumari was raped and murdered by Purushottam Dashrath Borate (then 26), the driver of the car hired by her company and his friend Pradeep Yashwant Kokade (then 20).
Around 10 pm on November 1, 2007, the last day of her notice period with the company, pick-up car driver Borate and Kokade picked her up in the office cab for her night shift. They took her to a secluded spot near Gahunje village and raped and murdered her. The duo then went to pick up the next employee and told him that they were late because of a flat tyre. The duo were arrested the next day.
The HC bench established that the death sentence is justified considering the rarest of rare circumstances like executing their plan of abduction, rape and brutal murder of Chaudhary. Kokade sitting in such a position in the cab so that he can overpower her in case she put up resistance in the car, their apathy to human life and disrespect for women and picking up another employee after committing this brutal crime clearly indicate this case falls in the category of the rarest of rare.
The court refused to accept the defence arguments that the accused had no criminal background,