MADHYA PRADESH COURT PRONOUNCES DEATH PENALTY TO MAN WHO RAPED 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL
July 7, 2018:
A man who was accused of raping a nine-year-old girl in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, was convicted for the heinous crime and awarded capital punishment by a Bhopal court. (Sources: newindianexpress.com, 07/07/2018)
The trial in the case was completed within 46 days in a local court in Rehli block and the accused convicted for the crime. The police investigation into the case too was completed in just 72 hours.
The incident happened in Khamaria village of Rehli block of Sagar district on May 21.
The accused was arrested and booked under Sections 376-A, 376-B of IPC and provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, said SP of Sagar district Satyendra Kumar Shukla. The court of additional district and sessions judge in Rehli block Sudhanshu Saxena held the accused Narayan Patel guilty of the crime and awarded him death penalty.
This is perhaps the first case in Madhya Pradesh, where capital punishment has been pronounced to a man convicted of raping a minor, after the amendments were made to the criminal law by the Narendra Modi governent to provide death penalty as the maximum punishment for those convicted for raping minors aged up to 12 years.