"We will never ever let another child suffer in this way. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors," Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet on April 12.
A rape case was registered under IPC section 376 and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and during course of investigation, police nabbed Praveen, the inspector added.
“The evidence of the child victim is clear and cogent in respect of the penetrative sexual assault suffered by her. There is nothing in her evidence to indicate that she is a tutored witness,” said Justice A M Badar.
In July 2015, a big controversy erupted in the state when another judge D Devadass of the Madras HC referred her case for mediation with the accused citing religion and its capacity for reconciliation.