Court upholds death penalty for 2010 rape, murder of child

BACKrapechildThe Bombay High Court has upheld the death sentence given to a 24-year-old man for raping, sodomising and then brutally murdering a six-year-old girl in Bhayander in 2010.

The case dates back to June 2010 when the girl who lived with her family went missing when she stepped out to play after dinner. The next day her naked body was found in the gutter and the medical report stated she had been raped then strangled to death.

The police investigations led to the house of Prakash Nishad, where the police found blood-stained tiles in the room. Nishad was questioned and he led the police to the victim’s undergarments that he had hidden in the house. Tests established that the clothes matched the blood group of the girl and Nishad was convicted for committing rape, unnatural sex, and murder, and sentenced to death.

The sentencing judges in their verdict to uphold the sentence said “keeping in mind the rising graph of sexual offences and especially those against children, and the public outcry on the matter, the sentencing policy now needs to be shaped”.