Court sentences man to death for rape, murder of minor in Assam



A court in Biswanath district of Assam has sentenced a man to death for allegedly raping and murdering a five-year-old girl.

Official sources on Monday said the Additional District and Sessions Court pronounced accused, Mangal Paik, guilty under Sections of 363, 376 (A), 302, 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for rape and murder.

The incident took place in a location under Sootea police station in Biswanath district.

Speaking to newsmen on December 21, advocate Jahnabi Kalita said the court has awarded a death sentence to the accused of raping and murdering a five-year-old girl.

“The accused person, Mangal Paik, is a resident of Lokhra Burhagaon area of Sonitpur district. He was a relative of the victim and had lured her to a place by promising her biscuits only to brutally rape and kill her. The child’s body was hidden by the accused,” Kalita said.

The family members had lodged a complaint at Sootea police station and subsequently, police recovered the body of the girl and arrested the accused.

“The statements of 16 witnesses were recorded this year,” the advocate said.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)