Jaipur: A special court in Rajasthan on Friday gave the death penalty to a 25-year-old man - convicted in rape and murder of a child - nearly a month after the incident was reported.
A special POCSO court in Nagaur district's Merta city awarded the death penalty to the man on Friday after convicting him of raping and killing a seven-year-old girl on September 20 this year in a village under the Padukalan police station in the district.
Special Judge Rekha Rathore sentenced the convict Dinesh Jat, a maternal uncle of the victim, terming his offence as "the rarest of rare" after holding the trial continuously for 11 days, Special Public Prosecutor Sumer Singh said.
A complaint was lodged by the victim's father, after which an investigation started shortly and the girl's body was found hidden in a field.
Looking at the gravity of the situation, the police team headed by the Ajmer Range IG and others rushed to Nagore and collected the evidence.
The accused was arrested by a special team of police on the basis of the evidence and in six days, he was presented in POCSO Court in Merta City.
The case was selected under Speak Up campaign by Ajmer Range IG and the trial started on September 28.
Each day witnesses were called and finally, on October 21, Dinesh was found guilty of the crime and on Friday, he was sentenced to death, said Lathar.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too welcomed the prompt court decision and swift police probe into the case.