A 26-year-old man was on Monday awarded a death sentence for raping an eight-year-old child.
Strangling her before dumping her body in a drain in Sirohi near Jodhpur last September. 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 September 24. They had slated Monday for announcing the quantum of the sentence. After hearing arguments on the quantum of the sentence from the prosecution and defence counsel. The judges ruled that it was a rarest of rare case deserving nothing less than capital punishment.
“Children have all the right to live in society happily without any fear and insecurity. But newspapers today are replete with the news of rapes of young girls. If children are not safe outside the home. This is a matter of huge concern,” the judge said, underlining the gravity of the offence.
“The legislature had amended the POCSO Act in 2019 because of the spurt in such crimes against children. Hence, the accused is a curse for the society and it is justified to give the death sentence to him,”. Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Dhawal said, quoting from the judgement of the court.
The trial court delivered its ruling just about a year after the crime was committed on September 25 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.
After registering FIR, the case was taken up for investigation under the officer’s scheme. It envisages an expeditious probe into an offence under the close supervision of a senior officer. The case was investigated by Sirohi circle officer Nagendra Singh, who said after committing the gruesome act. The convicts had fled to a nearby jungle and kept themselves hidden there for a week during which he survived by eating things like leaves and grass.
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