On Wednesday, a Special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences court has awarded a death sentence to a man for raping a 5-year-old girl in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan.
According to the police, the 21-year-old man abducted the girl who was playing in an agriculture field near her house on the evening of February 19. Other children informed the girl’s parents about it following which police were alerted.
The girl was found in an injured state at an isolated place. The accused was identified and arrested five hours later.
The investigating officer in the case Suresh Sharma, who is the circle officer of Chirawa, said the court convicted the man on Tuesday and pronounced the death penalty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on Wednesday.
“Swift action was taken in the case and all evidence collected. The charge sheet was filed and the court pronounced the judgment today,” he said.
The court appreciated the investigation conducted by the police, saying it was the example of an ideal probe that contained direct evidence, scientific evidence, electronic evidence, and circumstantial evidence.
Hailing the judgment, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the police filed the charge sheet within nine days and the court delivered judgment within 26 days of the incident.
“This is an example of the efficiency of the police, judiciary, and the government’s commitment to bring justice to the victim,” he tweeted.
Rajasthan police chief M L Lather also congratulated the Jhunjhunu police team.