Man gets death in 2019 rape-killing case

AGRA: A special court of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in Hathras on Thursday awarded a death sentence to a 26-year-old man who had raped a 13-year-old girl and then burnt her alive with kerosene in 2019.
Calling it an act which “shakes a person’s soul”, additional district and sessions judge (POCSO), Hathras court, Pratibha Saxena, found the man guilty and pronounced him to be “hanged till death”. She also slapped a fine of Rs 1.68 lakh on the convict.
The judge, in the order, stated that the minor girl could not even start her life. “She could not resist the act forced upon her by the accused and it is painful to imagine what she went through.”
On April 15, 2019, when the minor was at home alone with her grandmother, the accused, Monu Thakur, from the same village, entered her house and raped her, said additional district government counsel Rajpal Singh Dishwar. Her parents were out to meet their relatives. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.
Locals rushed her to a hospital where she succumbed to the burn injuries on May 1 after battling for 15 days. The FIR was registered against the man at Sikandrarao police station by the girl’s family.
In her dying declaration at Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College in Aligarh before the then additional city magistrate (II), the girl stated that she was cooking food on the terrace when the accused entered around 10 pm. He raped her and when she screamed, her grandmother came to her rescue but he pushed her away, the declaration stated, adding that he threatened her not to disclose anything to anyone and then poured kerosene and burnt her alive.
(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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