A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district awarded death penalty to a man for raping a 5-year-old girl 26 days ago. The court also applauded the police for swift action in the case.
According to the police, the 21-year-old man Sunil Kumar, abducted the minor who was playing in an agriculture field near her house on the evening of February 19. He took her away on his scoter. It was the other children who were playing with her who informed her parents, who in turn informed the police, police officer Suresh Sharma, who is the circle officer of Chirawa, said.
All police stations were alerted and the girl was later found in an injured state at an isolated area. Kumar was arrested after five hours, he said.
"Swift action was taken in the case and all evidence collected. The charge sheet was filed and the court pronounced the judgment today," he said.
The court also appreciated the investigation conducted by the police, saying it was an example of an ideal investigation. It was observed that the circumstantial evidence collected by the police was enough to prove the case.
Hailing the judgment, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the police filed the charge sheet within nine days and the court delivered judgment within 26 days of the incident. "This is an example of the efficiency of the police, judiciary and the government's commitment to bring justice to the victim," he tweeted.
Inspector General of Jaipur Hawa Singh Ghumariya said more than 40 witnesses and around 250 documents were presented in the court.