A man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 7-year-old in Chennai has been granted bail, provoking outrage in Tamil Nadu.
“How can the killer be sent out on bail? This is not justice. The court should cancel his bail,” said the father of the girl.
The Class 3 student was sexually assaulted, suffocated, burnt and dumped in a bag in Chennai allegedly by a neighbour in February.
The accused Dhashwanth is now out of bail after the Madras High Court quashed the Goondas Act against him.
Usually, the police use Goondas Act against child sexual abuse perpetrators to ensure it gets difficult for them to come out.
Dhashwanth’s father had engaged lawyer B. Kumar, who fought for Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, to quash the Goondas Act, citing that the chargesheet was not filed in 90 days.
But it took 5 months for the post-mortem report to come out.
The dejected father of the seven-year-old girl says, “I am a broken man now. I don’t know where to go for justice. My child went to play. This man (Dhashwanth) took her away. First murdered and then burnt her. Tell me what should I do now. They are citing reasons of chargesheet and all that.”
The girl’s father, who wants to remain anonymous now, says that he wants justice.
The father added, “I want other children to be safe. But they can’t if Dhashwanth is out there. I have been let down now. I want justice. I am fighting for other children.”