A Bengaluru court awarded the death penalty to a man convicted of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl in April 2017.
The crime was committed in Veerabhadra Nagar in the city on April 20, 2017. The accused, Anil Balagar, was a neighbour of the victimâ€™s grandfather. The victim had come to visit her grandfather, when the accused lured her away, raped her and murdered her.
The next day, the grandfather of the victim filed a missing complaint in the Girinagar Police Station informing them that his granddaughter was missing since the evening of April 20.
â€śThe girl was playing outside her grandfatherâ€™s home. She went missing at 6.15pm and attempts to find her went in vain. Around 8pm, Balagar informed people that he had to leave for his native place,â€ť public prosecutor Channa Venkataramanappa said as per Times of India.
â€śThree days later, foul smell emanating from Balagarâ€™s house caught the attention of neighbours. On breaking it open, police found the girlâ€™s body,â€ť he added.
A case was registered under the POCSO Act and Anil was arrested. Later, Anil confessed that he killed the girl after raping her.
On Sunday, just over a year after the gruesome incident, Anil Balagar was given the death sentence for murder and ten years imprisonment for rape. Judge M Lathakumari in the 54th City Civil and Sessions court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict and awarded Rs 2 lakh compensation to the victim.
Although the sentence comes just days after the central government passed an Ordinance introducing death penalty for men raping a girl child under the age of 12, the court verdict is unconnected to the Ordinance, since the crime took place before the new law came in.