Rajasthan: Court orders death sentence to a 19-year-old in minor’s rape case

Jaipur | A Rajasthan court on Saturday ordered death sentence to a 19-year-old for raping a seven-month-old baby early this year.

The Rajasthan State Assembly in March 2018 passed a sexual abuse law which allows a death penalty in the rape of minors under 12 years of age. After Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan is the second state in India which enacted such a tough law for the accused.

An accused took the child away from the relatives who was babysitting the girl on May 9. The girl was later found crying in a football field, about a kilometre from their home in Laxmangarh.

Speaking to media, Public prosecutor Kuldeep Jain said, “This is the first such case in Rajasthan and the third in the country. In the first two cases, the accused was given the death sentence”.”The trial of the case was referred to a fast track court and was completed in just 13 hearing,” he added.

The prosecution said it is hopeful the special judge in the case, Jagendra Agarwal, will award the severest penalty in the rape case.

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