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Man sentenced to death for rape, murder of 8-year-old girl
Ranchi: A local court on Monday sent a 30-year-old Gumla native to the gallows for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the state capital four years ago.
This is the second time a court in Jharkhand has awarded capital punishment for rape and murder under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, said counsel Ashok Kumar Roy who argued the case on behalf of the prosecution.
The court of additional district judge Shivpal Singh had, on January 31, held Gandhi Oraon guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC, besides various sections of the Pocso Act.
"The child was brutally raped and killed on March 19, 2014. It is a rarest of rare crime. The guilty man was an acquaintance of the victim's family," said counsel Roy, adding that the convict had been forwarded to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Hotwar.
Oraon, a native of Khora in Gumla, worked as a cleaner with a private bus service at Khadgarha here and was a colleague of the child's father.
"He (Oraon) often visited their house at Bhuiyantoli near the bus terminus. On the fateful day, he took the child out for lunch, but raped and killed her in a graveyard," Roy said.
The body was discovered a day later. The child's face was battered with a boulder to delay identification, but police launched a manhunt and detained Oraon on March 21, 2014, based on suspicions. He managed to flee from thanalock-up on March 22 the same year only to be arrested on his way to Bengal four days later.
"On being grilled, he confessed. Police recovered his bloodstained clothes that also yielded sperm samples. Medical examination and forensic tests further confirmed his involvement," Roy said.
Police submitted a chargesheet on June 18, 2014, and produced 14 witnesses against Oraon who was finally convicted this year.
The victim's parents were not present in court when the death sentence was awarded on Monday. "After recording their statements in court and cross-examination, the bereaved parents never came to court. They are also natives of Gumla district," Roy said.
In 2016, a Giridih district court had similarly awarded a death sentence to one Mathura Mahto for the rape and murder of a minor girl.