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Published On: Sat, May 12th, 2018

Indore Man Sentenced To Death For Rape And Murder Of 4-Month-Old

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naveen-gadake_650x400_71524290407INDORE : The Indore district court on Saturday awarded death sentence for the convict in rape and murder case of a four-month-old girl.The district court announced life term for rape under the POCSO Act and death sentence for murde.
This is the first case in Indore where the verdict has been passed in just 21 days.The incident took place in the intervening night of April 18 and 19. The infant wa s raped and her body was recovered soaked in blood from the basement of a building.A 23-day trial ended in a death sentence for a man who raped and killed a four-month-old girl in Madhya Pradesh last month. childrape_630_630
Special public prosecutor Akram Sheikh had urged sessions court judge Varsha Sharma to treat the case as the “rarest of the rare” and award capital punishment to the man.Terming it an “inhuman act”, Ms Sharma said, “Such a small child who didn’t know anything other than crying was treated inhumanly.”
Analysing the brutality of the case, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra had formed an SIT to investigate th e matter.Sonu Bai, the victim’s mother had demanded that the convict Naveen Gadge be executed at the earliest.
Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.
After the judgement, Naveen Gadke made a wish. “I just want to meet my mother and sister before being sent to jail.” On April 20, the girl was sleeping with her parents, who sell balloons for a living, on the street outside the Rajwada Fort in Indore. Naveen, who was known to the family, was also lying next to them. Early in the morning, he took the infant to the vacant basement of a building , some 50 metres from where they were sleeping, and raped her. As the baby kept crying, he killed her to shut up her.
The infant’s body was spotted hours later by a shopkeeper who had gone to the basement to open his shop. Her body had injury marks on her  private parts and the head. The accused probably threw her to the ground, the police had said.The police, while looking for clues, scanned the CCTV footage of the area in which the accused was seen carrying the baby on his shoulder.
Naveen, who is a cousin of the girls’ mother, was arrested the same day. He was assaulted by angry locals when he was being taken to a court. He was again beaten up with slippers when he came out of the court.(With Agency Inputs ).

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