20 February 2020 :
Winding up the trial in little over a month, a special court in Telangana on 30 January 2020 sentenced three men to death for raping and murdering a Dalit woman last year. The court also imposed a total fine of Rs 26,000 on them.
The body of the 30-year-old woman with throat slit and stab marks was found in Lingapur Mandal of Kumram Bheem-Asifabad district on 25 November 2019, a day after the offense. The three men were arrested on 27 November and booked under IPC sections including 376 (D) (gang rape) and 302 (murder) besides the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Additional Public Prosecutor M Ramana Reddy said.
The court found them guilty under all the sections and awarded the death penalty. The woman was a vendor, selling balloons for a living.
The three accused had earlier pleaded not guilty.