Special Women’s Court in Mumbai today announced death sentence to Chandrabhan Sanap, the accused in the rape and murder of late Esther Anuhya of Andhra Pradesh.
Esther Anuhya, 23 year old techie hailing from Machilipatnam was brutally raped and murdered in Mumbai earlier this year. Anuhya was working as a software professional in one of the firms in Mumbai. She was allegedly raped and murdered by one accused Chandrabhan Sanap. Sanap offered to drop Anuhya home from the suburban Kurla for Rs 300. He then raped and murdered the young girl, and got rid of her body.
Sanap then dumped the body in the bushes somewhere on the Eastern Express Highway in Bhandup. The victim’s family members discovered the body on January 16th.
Mumbai court sentenced Sanap to life imprisonment under the charges of rape under IPC section 376A (committing rape and inflicting injury causing death). Sanap was earlier given ten years imprisonment under 376 (2) (m) (commission of persistent sexual assault). The death sentence has been announced by Special Judge Vrushali Joshi, who ordered for the accused to be hanged by neck until death.
The judge stated that Anuhya’s case was the rarest of the rare ones.
Sanap broke down outside the court after hearing about his death sentence. The court termed Anuhya’s rape and murder to be ‘a case of cold blooded pre planned murder’.