Supreme Court Commutes Death Sentence to Life Imprisonment in a Rape and Murder Case of a Minor

Commuting the death sentence of a man, accused of raping and killing a minor girl, the Supreme Court (‘SC’) while observing that the case did not fall in the ‘rarest of rare’ category, held that:” “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. One of the basic principles of restorative justice as developed by this Court over the years, also is to give an opportunity to the offender to repair the damage caused, and to become a socially useful individual, when he is released from the jail”