Bolpur, Aug. 26: A Bolpur court today awarded the death sentence to a young man for raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Birbhum two years ago.
The additional district judge, Manas Basu, sentenced Benoy Majhi, 30, to “death by hanging”, saying the case was the “rarest of rare”.
The last time Bengal witnessed a hanging was in June 2004, when Dhananjay Chatterjee was sent to the gallows for raping and murdering 14-year-old Hetal Parekh in 1989.
According to assistant public prosecutor of Bolpur court, Tapan Kumar Dey, Benoy had lured the girl to a bush with the promise of a chocolate on December 9, 2011.
“The youth lured the girl of Santra village promising her a chocolate and raped her. When she threatened to tell her parents about it, he battered her head against a culvert and killed her. He then tried to hide the body in a pond covered with hyacinth. So, the judge today gave the death sentence on finding the case rarest of the rare,” Dey said.
The assistant public prosecutor added that Benoy had confessed to the crime and it was only on the basis of his statement that police could recover the girl’s body from the pond with several injuries.
Asked about the verdict, the victim’s mother today broke down and demanded the maximum punishment be given as the crime was committed by someone who was known to her family and had betrayed their trust.
“I never thought that Benoy could kill my daughter. He often came to our house. I am happy the court has given him the maximum punishment. He is a criminal like Dhananjay who was also hanged,” the woman said.
Benoy’s lawyer Nazimul Karim today said he was planning to move Calcutta High court against the verdict. “The youth was intoxicated and he was not in his senses during the crime,” the lawyer said.