Man sentenced to death for rape under new Rajasthan law

Jaipur: A 19-year-old man was given the death sentence on Saturday for raping a seven-month-old baby in Rajasthan this year, police said.

According to Director General of Police O.P. Galhotra, this was the first death sentence in Rajasthan after the state assembly brought in a tougher law against sexual abuse on April 21, making provisions for death penalty to those convicted of raping minors under the age of 12.

The accused, identified as Pintu, was given the death sentence by Special Judge Jagendra Agrawal on Saturday, police director general Galhotra said.

Addressing a press conference, Additional Director General of Police Hemant Priyadarshi said that victim’s father had lodged a case of rape in Laxmangarh police station on May 9.

According to the father, his daughter was sleeping with her blind grandmother  when Pintu took her with him that evening on the pretext of playing with her.

“After half an hour, we heard the kid crying at the football field and rushing there, found her bleeding profusely. Pintu had run away, leaving her in a pathetic plight,” the victim’s father said in his complaint.

The police had filed a case under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and completed the investigation within 27 days before presenting the matter to court.

The court convicted the accused on Wednesday and announced the sentence on Saturday.

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