Tuesday, December 25, 2018
HC confirms death for ice vendor for raping, killing girl (Madhya Pradesh)
Written by Milind Ghatwai |Bhopal |Published: October 27, 2018 2:04:24 am
Noting that there were signs of forcible physical and sexual violence, the report called the death homicidal in nature.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has confirmed the death sentence given to a vendor of ice balls for the rape-murder of a six-year-old girl who was attending a wedding in Gwalior with her parents. The girl’s body was found near a community hall, the wedding venue, on June 21. Based on CCTV footage, which showed the girl following Jitendra Kushwah at 1.22 am and he returning alone at 2.48 am, the police arrested him.
According to the autopsy report, death was due to asphyxia as a result of combined effect of smothering and throttling. Noting that there were signs of forcible physical and sexual violence, the report called the death homicidal in nature. The 25-year-old was sentenced to death by a special (POCSO) court on July 27. Justices Sanjay Yadav and Vivek Agarwal heard the criminal reference (for confirmation of death sentence) and criminal appeal together and agreed with the prosecution that it was a rarest of rare case, while rejecting the appeal preferred by the accused against conviction and sentence.
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/hc-confirms-death-for-ice-vendor-for-raping-killing-girl-5420589/ (Accessed 25 December 2018)