SC upholds death penalty for 'male child' killer

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 04:45 hrs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld death penalty awarded to a man who had kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old boy in Tamil Nadu in 2007, media reports said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court justified the capital punishment on several grounds, including that killing the sole male child meant that the family lineage could not be carried forward. 

A man named Sundar had kidnapped and killed the child. He was convicted by a local court first which awarded death penalty and then the same was upheld by the Madras High Court.

The man challenged it in Supreme Court on the ground that the crime is not one of the rarest of rare, but the apex court upheld earlier court verdicts. 

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