Court also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000. (Photo Credit: Photo For Representation)
A special POCSO court on Friday awarded capital punishment to a man for raping and killing a six-year-old girl in the old city area here after an expeditious trial that took just a little over four months.
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act Special judge Arvind Mishra said the case falls into the “rarest of rare” category because of the manner in which the crime was committed and therefore the convict, Bablu alias Arfat, deserved no less than death sentence.
The judge referred the case file to the high court for confirmation of the sentence. The court said that the convict shall be hanged till death.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on the convict and the amount will be handed over to the mother of the victim girl.
The incident took place on September 15, 2019. The convict Bablu was said to be uncle of the victim. The girl’s body was recovered from under the bed of the convict in his house.
“The convict committed the crime only to satisfy his lust,” the judge said. In the verdict, the court said that the convict had allured the girl with toffee and took her to his house.
He raped her there and then he tried to slit her throat. Later, he strangulated her to death, the verdict said. “The girl would call the convict ‘Mamu (maternal uncle)’,” mentioned the court in the judgment.
“The convict has committed the rape and murder in such a manner that if he was not awarded death penalty, it would have adverse impact on the society,” the court added.
Earlier, additional district government counsel (ADGC) Naveen Tripathi and special public prosecutor Abhisekh Upadhyay had demanded capital sentence for the convict, arguing that the case fell into the rarest of rare category.