A local court today sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of rape and murder of his five-year-old niece two years ago.
Terming the crime as “horrendous, barbaric, rare and peculiar”, additional sessions and district judge, Kuchinda, Saroj Kumar Pati awarded capital punishment to Arjun Teli (25) of Mitupara village who is the maternal uncle of the victim.
“The person who was to protect the kid and guide her for better future in life, has committed the crime. He deserved to be hanged till death,” the court observed.
The prosecution said Teli had asked the victim to accompany him after luring her with chocolate and biscuits when she was with her mother Santilata in their farm land on April 24, 2008.
As the girl refused to go with him, Arjun lifted her and took her to his house and sexually assaulted her.