INDIA: BROTHER, UNCLE GET DOUBLE DEATH SENTENCE FOR RAPING, BEHEADING 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN MP
January 23, 2021:
Terming it as rarest of the rare case, a court in Madhya Pradesh on 20 January 2021 sentenced a 21-year-old man and his 42-year-old uncle to death for raping and beheading a 12-year-old girl. (Source: Hindustan Times, TNN, 21/01/2021)
Special public prosecutor Tahir Khan said special sessions judge Umashankar Agrawal awarded the double death penalty to Ramprakash Ahirwar and Banshilal Ahirwar under Section 376-A (rape) and Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the prosecution, the girl’s beheaded body was found in an agricultural field a day after she went missing on 13 March 2019.
It later emerged that the girl’s brother had abducted and taken her to their uncle’s house where the two convicts raped her before beheading her with a sickle. She was also sodomised.
Khan said 29 witnesses recorded their statements and the sickle was recovered from the house of one of the accused. “The DNA and post mortem report corroborated the prosecution’s charges,” he said.