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Ghaziabad man gets death sentence for raping, murdering friend's 2-year-old daughter

Special POCSO court judge Mahendra Srivastava awarded the death penalty to Chandan, who was a close friend of the girl's father. Ten witnesses were produced before the court, Vats said, describing the verdict within 29 days as a landmark.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 21, 2021 10:15 IST
Ghaziabad man gets death sentence for raping, murdering friend's 2-year-old daughter
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Ghaziabad man gets death sentence for raping, murdering friend's 2-year-old daughter

A special POCSO court sentenced a man to death on Wednesday for raping and murdering a two-year-old girl in Ghaziabad, the verdict coming within a month of the crime.

The girl was found behind the roadside bushes in Kavi Nagar area on December 21, public prosecutor Utkarsh Vats told the media.

Special POCSO court judge Mahendra Srivastava awarded the death penalty to Chandan, who was a close friend of the girl's father. Ten witnesses were produced before the court, Vats said, describing the verdict within 29 days as a landmark.

“There is no scope for reform in the accused. This case is in the rarest of rare category,” the judge observed. “It is worth mentioning that a two-and-a-half-year-old girl does not even understand what her gender is. She probably didn’t understand what was happening to her and why.”

Deputy Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar said the culprit was arrested soon after the crime and a charge sheet was filed on December 29. The case was registered under IPC sections 376AB (rape, a section applied when the victim is under 12), 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), and sections 5 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Police filed the chargesheet on December 16. The conviction came almost within a month, on Monday.

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