Patna, Oct. 20: A Jamui youth was yesterday sentenced to death under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 two months after he raped and murdered a teenager.
The convict, Hemlal Sah (25), is the first person in the state convicted under the act, enacted last year. Inspector-general of police (IG), weaker sections, Arvind Pandey said the verdict was the first of its kind in the country under the new act.
Pandey said the prosecution had slapped sections 4, 6, 8 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 for the first time on Sah.
District and sessions judge of Jamui Jyoti Kumar Srivastava yesterday awarded the death sentence to Sah, a native of Chakai in Jamui district, in connection with the rape and murder of the 14-year-old girl in August. Sah was also ordered to pay Rs 30,000 as compensation to the father of the victim.
Pandey, the IG, said the victim’s father lodged a complaint with the Chandermandi police station of Jamui district, around 150km from here, on August 24 in connection with the rape and murder of his minor daughter.
The sections of the new act were included in the FIR after the intervention of the weaker section of the criminal investigation department (on August 27). The special juvenile unit in-charge (Jamui), Dharmendra Kumar, persuaded the investigating officer of the case, Amit Kumar, to book Sah under sections 4, 6, 8 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 besides sections 376 and 302 of the IPC, the IG added.
The chargesheet in the case was submitted in the court within six days (August 30) and the investigating officer approached the court to conduct the trial on a priority basis. The verdict of the trial court came on October 19, less than two months of the incident, the IG told The Telegraph.
Director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand has announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to sub-inspector Amit Kumar, who investigated the case and gathered enough evidence against Sah, leading to his conviction.
The DGP has also announced to suitably reward the public prosecutor Ganesh Raut for his endeavour.
The police headquarters has issued directives to all the superintendents of police to implement the act properly under their jurisdiction and ensure speedy trial of the cases related to sexual abuse of children.
The protection of children from sexual offences bill, 2011, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha on May 10, 2012, and in the Lok Sabha on May 22, 2012, received the assent of the President on June 20, 2012. It is now known as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.