Death Warrant against Teacher for raping 4-year-Old Girl

Madhya Pradesh is the first state to enact a law providing for death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age.
Death Warrant against Teacher for raping 4-year-Old Girl

A district court on Friday issued a death warrant against a school teacher convicted of raping a 4-year-old girl at Satna in Madhya Pradesh.

The trial court in Satna district has sent the death warrant of Mahendra Singh Gond (28) to the Central Jail in Jabalpur, a prison official said on Monday. The rape convict's death warrant has been received from the trial court and he (Gond) is in the process of challenging his death penalty in the Supreme Court, Jabalpur Central Jail's law officer Ashok Singh

"The convict can appeal before the Supreme Court or the President, but if he does not, he will be hanged in Jabalpur Central Jail at 5 am on March 2," Public Relation Officer of the court said.

Gond was arrested for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl on the night of July 1, 2018, in Parsamnia of Uchehra police station area.

Taking advantage of the situation, he picked up the child and took her to a nearby agriculture field where he raped her and dumped her in the bushes, the prosecution said.

When the girl's father returned and did not find his daughter, he raised an alarm and the family launched a search for her. Later, they found her lying in the thick bushes.

The girl received severe injuries in the incident and was admitted to a Delhi-based hospital.

A day after the incident, the-then collector Mukesh Shukla had spoken to former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan the victim was airlifted and admitted to AIIMS in Delhi.

Mahendra Singh Gond was awarded a death sentence by the lower court and the decision was upheld by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Saturday.

Within 81 days of the incident, the police acted quickly and the court gave the verdict after 47 days of hearings.

Aftergood was found guilty of raping the minor, Additional Sessions Judge Dinesh Sharma of the district court based in Nagod sentenced him to death on September 19, 2018. The Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected the appeal of the accused and retained the execution on January 25.

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