Man gets death for raping, killing infant

LUCKNOW: A Pocso court on Thursday awarded capital punishment to a man for brutally raping and murdering his five-month-old niece. Pronouncing the verdict, Judge Arvind Mishra said that the convict be hanged till death after confirmation of the death penalty from the HC.
In its order, the judge also imposed Rs 70,000 fine on the convict, identified as Prem Chandra alias Pappu Dixit, who is also father of a child. The judge said that the amount of fine be given to father of the minor victim.
Earlier, the judge declined to grant any punishment less than death penalty to the convict. “The matter falls in rarest of the rare category, warranting nothing less than death sentence for the convict, who not only raped five month and 13 days old girl but also committed her murder also,” observed the judge.
The judge also cited Nirbhaya and Hyderabad cases in his judgment and said that in those cases the victim was major even then the culprits were sentenced to death. However, in the current case, the victim was a minor and close relative of the deceased and hence the society would also support such kind of deterrent punishment. “Even animals would not do such an act as the convict did with the minor victim,” observed the judge.
“In our country, little girls are considered to be incarnations of goddesses and people worship them as incarnations of Goddess Durga and in Navratri devotees break nine days fasting after offering meals to little girls. In such circumstances, raping and murdering a five-month-and-a-13-day-old girl brings the matter in the rarest of the rare cases,” observed the judge, declining to show any leniency to the convict.
The judge also observed, “The manner in which the convict committed the offence, people would stop believing in any relation and this would destroy the social fabric.”
The father of the minor deceased had lodged an FIR in the matter with the Madion police station on February 17, 2020. He said that his daughter had gone along with her mother and others to attend a function nearby on the previous day. The convict there asked her mother to allow him to take the girl for playing. When he did not return for long her mother and others started searching for the daughter and the convict.
Later, the girl was found in a bush and the convict was seen running away from there. The girl had serious injuries on her private parts and all over her body. She was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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