Madhya Pradesh court sentences man to death for raping four-year-old girl in Satna district

Satna: A court in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday awarded death sentence to a contractual teacher for raping a four-year-old girl in Satna district nearly three months ago.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma awarded the death penalty to Mahendra Singh Gond (23), under Section 376 AB (rape of woman under 12 years of age) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 5/6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The girl, who was raped on 1 July, is still in a critical condition and undergoing treatment at a Delhi-based hospital.

The court also sentenced the convict to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping the girl.

"The court awarded the death penalty to Gond after recording the statements of the girl and her parents over video-conferencing as they are in Delhi," District Prosecution Officer Rampal Singh said. The judge cross-examined 21 prosecution witnesses.

According to Singh, Gond was friendly with the victim's family. On the night of 1 July, he went to their place in a village here in an inebriated condition to meet the girl's father. There, he saw the girl sleeping next to her father on a cot outside their house. He returned home after meeting the girl's father.

After some time, Gond came back and spotted the girl alone on the cot as her father had gone to relieve himself, Singh said. "Taking advantage of the situation, Gond took the girl away from her house and raped her. After the sexual assault, he dumped her in the bushes."

When the girl's father returned and did not find his daughter, he raised an alarm and the family launched a search for her. Later, they found her lying in the thick bushes. Gond was later arrested by the police and a chargesheet was filed against him.

Madhya Pradesh was the first state to enact a law last December providing for death penalty for rapists of minor girls below 12. On April 21, the Centre brought an amendment to the Indian Penal Code to punish rapists of minor girls below 12 with death.

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Updated Date: Sep 19, 2018 19:43:40 IST

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