A LOCAL court in Saharanpur has awarded the death sentence to a youth for the rape and murder of a two-year-old girl in Nagal area of the district in 2013. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the accused, Bobby (22), who is lodged in Saharanpur District Jail since after his arrest in 2013. “Additional District Judge Om Prakash Tripathi found the case to be rarest of rare and awarded Bobby death sentence on charges of rape and murder on Thursday,” Saharanpur Government Counsel Vikramjeet Yadav said. The court has also directed that the file of the case, along with judgment, be sent to the Allahabad High Court for confirmation of the death sentence, he added.
Seven prosecution witnesses were examined by the court during the trial. According to the prosecution, on February 7, 2013, the victim, who was playing outside her house, was taken to a nearby field by the accused. There, he raped and later strangled her. Villagers working in the field caught Bobby and beat him up before informing the victim’s family and the police.