The Bombay High Court on Monday confirmed death sentence to a man who had raped and killed a 13-year-old girl in Raigad in October 2012.
“The accused committed the offence in order to satisfy his lust. He forcibly raped 13-year-old defenceless school-going girl and eliminated her life,” the HC said while confirming the death penalty for 22-year-old Viran Rajput, who hails from Madhya Pradesh.
The victim studied in Class IX at a school located four km from her house. “She used to go on foot to her school and on the unfortunate day, she was returning home alone. The accused took this opportunity and helpless girl was subjected to sexual and brutal assault in a remote place where there was nobody to protect her,” said Justices V K Tahilramani and I K Jain.
Calling the accused “beastly”, the judges said that after satisfying his lust, he feared that the victim might expose him. “So he buried her body in a naked condition in a ditch and covered the place with grass and mud. The modus operandi of the accused clearly shows he would be a menace to the society and there is no possibility of him being reformed,” the judges held in a 93-page order.
On June 25, 2014, a sessions court had convicted Rajput under Section 302 of the IPC and sentenced him to death. He was also convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.