Shimla, Dec 6
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has reserved its decision in the case of kidnapping, rape and murder of a girl child in the famous Baddi industrial area of the state. A division bench of Justice Sabina and Judge Sushil Kukreja’s reserved the decision after hearing the arguments of defence and persecution in the death sentence awarded by the Fast Track Court Solan.
Accused Akash, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was found guilty in the fast track trial court and police investigation. It was found that he first raped a 7-year-old innocent girl in 2017 and later strangled her to death. Crossing the limits of brutality, a piece of wood was also inserted in the private part of the girl.
On February 2022 fast track court of Additional district and sessions judge Parvinder Singh Arora awarded death sentence to Akash Kumar a resident of Hardoi district of UP. District sessions judge Solan had declared this crime as heinous and a case of rarest of rare nature as the court found the convict guilty under Section 302, 376 of IPC and Section-10 of the POCSO Act.
This is the first case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in Himachal Pradesh where a sessions court has sentenced a convict to death.