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Friday, February 6, 2015

HC upholds death penalty to minor's rapist-killer

TNN | Jul 3, 2014, 09.58AM IST BHOPAL:

Madhya Pradesh high court has upheld death sentence awarded to Vijay Raikwar of Sagar district, who is charged with rape and murder of a 7-year old girl. In the judgment, court of Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta said the act was not only heinous but is shameful for entire humanity. On December 7, 2012 naked body of the girl was found in Rehli. 

The girl who was sister of the accused's friend came to Raikwar's house to play with her companion when, Raikwar lured her with a coin and took her to a separate room and raped her. After the act, Raikwar strangulated her to conceal his act. The coin which was given by Raikwar was also found along with the body of the girl, prosecution sources said.

Injury marks were found on the body and DNA samples taken from the body matched with Raikwar's DNA, said prosecution sources. Accused was booked under Section 302 and Section 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act. In December last year court of additional sessions judge, Devraj Bohare had sentenced him with capital punishment.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/HC-upholds-death-penalty-to-minors-rapist-killer/articleshow/37685130.cms [last accessed 06.02.2015]

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