How to Punish Raghunandan Yandamuri?

Raghunandan Yandamuri has captured the attention of not merely Telugus but of countless other Indians in the United States and even back home in Mera Bharat Mahaan.

Yandamuri, a King of Prussia, PA, resident has been charged in the murders of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna.

Yandamuri was arrested on October 26, 2012 and is being held without bail at the Montgomery County prison in Pennsylvania.

Folks, what punishment do you think is appropriate for Raghunandan Yandamuri in the People’s Court?

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12 Responses to "How to Punish Raghunandan Yandamuri?"

  1. bingo   November 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    He would be one lucky c**t if he gets away with capital punishment.

    I would much rather have him serve life sentence without parole. Responds:

    In my arm-chair view and based on currently available information about the case, Raghunandan Yandamuri’s pregnant wife Komali Alokam is as much a victim as the Venna family.

    If any of you kind souls start a fund-raiser for Komali Alokam (Here I’m going out on a limb and ASSUMING the young lady is NOT GUILTY, NOT INVOLVED in any way with the murders based on currently available court information about the case), I’d be more than happy to contribute.

  2. sam   November 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Let him RIP.

    Please FOCUS ON ELECTION! Responds:

    What a coincidence!

    Barack just called & I promised him my Vote. Mitt Romney looks like he’s applied too much Fair & Lovely. πŸ™

    I hope you’re not trying to vote from the Middle East using an Absentee Ballot.

    Please respect the sanctity of our electoral process! πŸ˜‰

    BTW, Have you Voted? I mean on the punishment for Raghunandan Yandamuri.

  3. srini.srigha   November 5, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I think Raghunandan Yandamuri should be given the death penalty.

    No other thoughts on this animal. Responds:

    It all depends on if the prosecutors can prove that the murder of Grandma Satyavathi Venna was pre-meditated.

    Even if Raghunandan Yandamuri had worn a mask, Mrs.Satyavathi Venna would have recognized him as an Indian through his actions, gestures, accent etc. Plus, since Yandamuri had been to the Vennas’ house a few times Mrs.Satyavathi Venna would have definitely recognized him.

    I’d argue the kidnap crime had the aspect of pre-meditated murder built into it because there was no way Raghunandan Yandamuri could have lifted the baby without disclosing his identity to Mrs.Satyavathi Venna.

    And the only way to hide his identity after the kidnap would be to knock off the elderly lady.

    Let’s see what tack the Prosecutors take.

  4. gandhiji   November 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I heard life without parole costs less than death penalty.

    So it is definitely the better way to go.

    I don’t think he has any remorse whatsoever. Responds:

    I don’t think you are taking into account healthcare costs for serious ailments.

    For instance, kidney transplant for a prisoner costs $300,000. Source: CNN Story on Sri Lankan Tamil Hedge Fund King Rajaratnam.

    Given healthcare cost inflation, it could easily jump to $500,000 or $600,000 some 25-30 years from now when Yandamuri’s hair has grown white and his gait slowed down. Bypass surgery would be as expensive.

    Imagine spending so much on a foreigner, a H1-B Visa holder. Ridiculous.

    Yandamuri is still young and could easily live up to 80, which is another 54-years.

    There ought to have a Rapid Justice system for such young prisoners that speeds up the whole process including appeals to less than a year or two.

    • gandhiji   November 5, 2012 at 11:19 am


  5. Aswin_Kini   November 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Neither of the three, his punishment should be an example for others, who even think of committing such crimes.

    His punishment should set such a scary precedent that future criminals will think several times before committing such crimes.

    For example: They should bring back electric chair for one last crime, and execute him in that…. They should keep the voltage high, but not lethal enough so that he dies a slow and horrific death.

    I am certainly sure that US will never allow this, but sometimes, criminals deserve no mercy especially in these cases. I hope the US courts sense this and bring back that dreaded electric chair, provided they only use it on deadly criminals..

    Or a much easier way would be to bleed him and throw him in a lake full of piranhas……. That would be most appropriate. Choose your own method…

    • Mnx542   November 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm


      Lol, you talk like a character straight out of a Tamil movie.

      But I’ve to say that even I wished they would bring back the electric chair. That would be best suited for guys like him. It’s unfair how these merciless killers die painlessly by lethal injection. And if it’s India, OMG, these human rights activists would start with their, what I call, gimmicks. Do they even realize that they are actually talking in favor of someone who had forcefully taken the right of another individual to live?

      An example is the protests by Human rights activists after the encounter of the child killer Manoharan or whatever the bastard’s name is. Did they even think about the two innocent children who he drowned to death?

      NO. Instead, they were busy condemning the actions of the police as Human rights violation. Then what abt drowning the two innocent children, after raping the girl child? These human rights activists are a bunch of pathetic jokers.

      “I am certainly sure that US will never allow this, but sometimes, criminals deserve no mercy especially in these cases”

      Yes, I totally agree.

      But I guess the most fitting punishment would be life imprisonment without parole. If what SI says about child killers having a nightmarish time is true, the other inmates in prison will make sure he suffers for eternity.

      I feel very sorry for his wife, assuming she’s not guilty. Don’t know what the poor lady is going to do.

  6. Sisri   November 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Like, seriously?

    influencing public opinion before hearing! Responds:

    1. You write: influencing public opinion before hearing!

    Sweetie, you bring up an interesting, albeit, “Theoretical” point.

    And I will focus narrowly only on the influencing public opinion point in my response.

    Passage of laws or dispensation of ‘Justice” never happens in a vacuum.

    Since Man wrought laws to stem chaos in society in the distant mists of history, the court of Public Opinion has always influenced the halls and Courts of Justice and the legislatures that pass those laws.

    Without Megan, there’s no Megan’s Law.

    Public Opinion has its sway even at the rarified level of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    2. Take for instance, the positions of the U.S. Supreme Court on Racism over several decades in the 19th century and extending well into the mid-20th Century.

    See, how the position of the Court on discrimination has evolved in sync with public attitudes towards a more equal/less discriminatory society.

    Can the present-day U.S. Supreme Court uphold laws condoning any form of overt discrimination?

    Obviously, not.

    3. Defense lawyers can always seek alternate venues of trial if they feel adverse publicity in a geographical region makes it impossible for their clients to receive a fair trial.

    And that’s not so uncommon considering even lay people are aware of it.

    4. If anything, I’m merely providing the ballot box, albeit, a virtual ballot box.

    How’s that any different from the discussion around water-coolers happening in countless IT firms in the U.S. right now – What punishment do you think Yandamuri deserves, Do you think Yandamuri should be hanged? etc. That’s public opinion too.

    I’m merely aggregating such ‘water-cooler’ discussions.

    5. Bottom line, the Court of Public Opinion is figuratively never far from the Court Halls dispensing Justice despite what those ensconced in ivory towers may like to believe.

    6. Have you seen this?

    • gandhiji   November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      At a quick glance, most of the signees seem to be women.

      Vindictive creatures. Responds:

      You write: Vindictive creatures.

      Maybe prescient ones, who can quickly cut to the chase.

      But the White House petition is an exercise in futility.

      As if anybody takes it seriously other than as a sign of outrage over the crimes.

      • gandhiji   November 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        Apparently signee is the plural form too? Responds:

        I’d think signees and signers are plural forms.

        Time to do some posts on Language. Been a long time.

        Reading Tom Wolfe’s mucho talked about new book Back to Blood…plenty of Spanish invectives! πŸ˜‰

        I must improve the Spanish vocabulary of my American readers.

        After all, we’ll all be speaking Spanish in about 20-years.

        Press 4 for English, circa 2030. πŸ˜‰

        • gandhiji   November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

          Our 11 year old is learning Spanish at school and Tamil on Sundays, and thinks Spanish is more fun to learn.

          I used to have lot of fun learning Tamil Ilakkanam.

          I think Tamil is greatest language in the world πŸ˜‰ (BeRight, you need to learn it to understand its might!)

  7. Sisri   November 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm


    I did not know about the White House petition, I would not definitely be one among the signors and FYI, I am female!

    Understand that passage of law is not decided in vacuum esp in re: Racism, Discrimination, women voting rights etc.

    It is how the society evolves to the next level.

    I want to differentiate ideological issues versus criminal issues before Court of law, does that make sense?

    Acknowledge blog voting is an extension of water cooler discussion but something about not having a vote option of “let’s wait for the hearing” bothers me.

    Thanks for sharing the links to Journalist resource, very interesting! Responds:

    1. You write: but something about not having a vote option of “let’s wait for the hearing” bothers me.

    What do you think the third option of, Let’s make him the Hero of the next RGV film, was all about?

    It means, Acquittal, Not Guilty, Not Deserving of Any Punishment, Innocent.

    That option is getting few votes in the Court of Public Opinion – A mere 19%.

    All in all, I thought it was a fair poll.

    2. I don’t know if a jury would look at criminal issues differently when there is massive publicity surrounding a crime.

    I can’t imagine a juror in Montgomery County, PA not being aware of the crime/killings or the police complaint.

    In this instance, there was an Amber Alert (not an every-day occurrence), the Reward, the search, the vigil, the two murders, the arrest of a family-friend etc.

    Of course, in theory a jury is not supposed to be influenced by all of that but it’s well-nigh impossible in crimes with such heavy publicity.

    Let’s see if the case even goes to trial.

    Given the well documented deficiencies in the Public Defender System and their limited resources, I can’t imagine Raghunandan Yandamuri has much chance of emerging like a Bollywood hero from prison with a smile, eying the girl and family waiting across the street.

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