INDIA: 26-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE-MURDER OF MINOR GIRL
September 29, 2021:
A 26-year-old man was on 27 September 2021 awarded a death sentence in the Indian state of Rajasthan for raping an eight-year-old child and strangling her before dumping her body in a drain in Sirohi near Jodhpur last September. (Source: News 18, 27/09/2021)
Special judge Ajitabh Acharya of the POCSO court gave capital punishment to the convict, terming his heinous offence as the rarest of rare.
The court had held the accused guilty of rape and murder on 24 September and had slated 27 September for announcing the quantum of sentence.
After hearing arguments on the quantum of the sentence from the prosecution and defence counsel, the judge ruled that it was a rarest of rare case deserving nothing less than the capital punishment.
The trial court delivered its ruling just about a year after the crime was committed on 25 September last year when the convict had got hold of the girl when she had ventured out of her home to play with her brother and friends. He detained the child after scaring away other children and then raped her, said Sirohi superintendent of police Dharmendra Singh, adding he subsequently strangled the girl and dumped her body in a drain.