According to police, the accused (name withheld to protect the identity of a minor victim) had a total of four previous cases pending against him — filed under various IPC sections, including 376 (rape), 354 (assault with intention to outrage modesty of a woman) and 363 (kidnapping).
"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.