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Gallows await killer rapist

Darbhanga, Jan. 23: A local court today awarded capital punishment to a man in his thirties for raping and murdering a seven-year-old at his home in a remote village three years ago. He had buried the victim there only.

Ad hoc additional sessions judge (IV) Sunil Kumar Singh observed the case as a rarest of rare cases of rape followed by murder and slapped the punishment on Indra Kumar Sharma, alias Indal Thakur.

A resident of Raghopur village in the Manigachhi area of the district, around 150km northeast of Patna, Indra is lodged in Darbhanga divisional jail since his arrest in 2010.

According to an FIR lodged at Manigachi police station by the victims grandfather on January 7, 2010, Indra lured the girl to his house in Raghopur on the evening of January 5, 2010. He then raped and murdered her.

During investigation, police said, Indra admitted to have killed the girl and buried her body in his house.

Public prosecutor Vinay Kumar Singh said: The police had submitted the chargesheet in the case on December 14, 2010. The court awarded capital punishment to Indra under sections 376, 302, 366(A) and 201 of the Indian Penal Code. A forensic test was conducted on the victims body found from Indras house. The test confirmed that she was raped before being strangled to death.

He added: The victim was a resident of the Pandaul area in Madhubani district. She had come to her maternal grandparents place at Raghopur village in the Manigachhi area when she was raped and killed.

In 2007, the district court in Darbhanga had slapped capital punishment on one Mohammad Mannan, alias Abdul Mannan, for raping and murdering a seven- year-old girl in the Ali- nagar area.

The high court maintained the lower courts verdict in August 2008. In its April 20, 2011, verdict, the Supreme Court maintained a status quo on the Patna High Court order. The execution of the verdict is pending, while the accused is lodged in Bhagalpur central jail.

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