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Surat court awards death penalty to man who raped, killed toddler last month

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  •  2.5-year-old had gone missing from outside her house in Pandesara in Surat on Diwali night; body was found 3 days later

 

Surat: In a fast-track judgment, a 35-year-old man convicted for rape and murder of a 2.5-year-old girl in Pandesara in Surat in Gujarat was handed death sentence by a district court on Tuesday.

The judgment came within just 29 days. The charge sheet was filed in the court within a week.

The Gujarat government has also announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the girl’s family

The case

As per case details, the toddler was the daughter of migrant workers from Bihar. She had gone missing from outside her house in Pandesara on the night of Diwali.

A case of kidnapping was filed and a massive search operation was taken up.

The girl’s body was found three days later near a factory located about a kilometre from where the family lived.

Subsequently, the sections of murder and under POCSO Act were added to the case.

Post-mortem report had revealed forceful sexual assault on the child before being smothered to death.

Based on CCTV footage, police arrested Guddu Yadav who was a neighbour of the girl’s family.

Investigation was completed and a charge sheet was filed in the court within a record seven days.

 

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