Priest to die for child sacrifice

AFP, May 2, 2003
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/
From correspondents in Ranchi, India

A court has sentenced a priest to death for sacrificing a nine-year-old child to appease a deity in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

A lawyer said the state’s High Court upheld the sentence imposed by a lower court, saying it was a case of extreme culpability which rendered life imprisonment inadequate.

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“The murder … was definitely extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting and dastardly so as to arouse indignation,” the court said.

The priest was said to have sacrificed the boy in order to please a goddess.

The killing happened in the Jamtara district, nearly 200km from the state capital Ranchi.

He was booked by the police on a complaint lodged by the child’s parents and initially sentenced to death by a Jamtara court.

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