Bangalore, September 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Karnataka High Court upheld the death sentence on serial rapist and killer Umesh Reddy on Wednesday, rejecting her request to commute her to life imprisonment.
A division bench of Justices Aravind Kumar and Pradeep Singh Yerur also gave Reddy six weeks for filing an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Reddy has argued through his lawyer that applying for a pardon before the President takes time and that he is not in a sane frame of mind.
His request for a pardon was rejected by the president in 2013. He is currently being held at Hindalaga prison in Belagavi in a separate barracks reserved for death row prisoners, where he was transferred from Bengaluru central prison on October 26, 2006. .
Reddy, who police say confessed to killing 18 women, has been convicted in nine cases.
Police say he raped at least 20 women across Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and it is suspected that several of his crimes went unreported because victims feared social stigma.
Originally from Chitradurga district in Karnataka, he was posted to Jammu and Kashmir after being selected for the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF). While on duty at a commander’s house, he attempted to rape the commander’s daughter. He later fled and managed to join the Karnataka Reserve Police.
Reddy targeted housewives between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., entering the house under the pretext of asking for water or an address. He then threatened them with a knife, forced them to undress, tied them up, and raped them.
He often suffocated his victims and raped them while they were unconscious. After the rape, Reddy killed his victims and stole their jewelry. He escaped with the underwear of his victims.
He was arrested and removed from his post when one of the victims identified him during a police parade on Republic Day. Reddy was found wearing female lingerie under her clothes.
After escaping from prison, he killed the wife of a tax official in Bengaluru, a daughter in Ahmedabad, two daughters in Baroda and a widow in Kunigal, Karnataka.
He was again arrested by Bengaluru police in July 1997 for stealing women’s underwear. The police recovered a bag full of lingerie from her.
Reddy was sentenced to death on October 26, 2006 by a Bengaluru fast-track court. On October 4, 2007, a division bench of the High Court of Karnataka deferred the death sentence, and Judge SR Bannurmath, appointed to resolve the case, upheld the death sentence. The Supreme Court also upheld the death penalty.