28 February 2020 :
A court in Maharashtra's Parbhani district on 18 February 2020 awarded death sentence to a man for raping and killing a five year-old girl, observing the crime was 'more cruel' than the act of the most dreaded animal.
Special Judge (POCSO cases) S G Inamdar in his order pronounced the accused, Vishnu Gore (30), guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 302 for murder and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
According to the prosecution, the girl lived with her grandparents, who worked as farm labourers, at a village in Parbhani.
On 27 October 2016, when the grandparents returned home from work, they did not find the girl at home.
After unsuccessful attempts to locate her, they filed a missing person's complaint at Sonpeth police station two days later.
During the course of investigation, the police found the girl's body in a well near a field in the village on 31 October 2016 following which they arrested the accused, who worked as a labourer and resided in the same district.
As per the prosecution, the accused kidnapped the victim from outside her house, sexually assaulted her and then strangulated her to death with a nylon rope. He then wrapped the body in a gunny bag and threw it into the well.