ODISHA (INDIA): FIVE GET DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE AND MURDER OF MINOR
November 23, 2015: A local court in Odishaâ€™s Keonjhar district pronounced death sentence to five accused in the rape and murder of a minor girl in Beklundi village in the district in 2012.
Pronouncing the quantum of sentence, Champua Additional District and Sessions Judge court awarded death sentence to the five accused.
On the day of the crime, the victim did not return home from morning tuition at Barbil basti. Following this, the family members launched a frantic search and found her body with injury marks on her body about one kilometer from the village.
According to reports, the deceased, a Class VIII student of a high school in Barbil, was attacked by some persons earlier also but her family had not taken the matter seriously.
While five of the accused were awarded death sentence, two others accused in the case are yet to be apprehended by the police.
The convicted are Mata Munda, Mangal Prusty, Jiten Munda, Harjit Singh and Biswanath Munda. (Sources: Odisha Sun Times Bureau, 23/11/2015)