According to prosecution sources, Narsinghpur additional sessions court judge Pratibha Sathwane held the accused — Baba alias Ravishankar Vishwakarma — guilty under different sections of the IPC relating to rape, murder and abduction and also provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. This is First death penalty awarded by any court in Narsinghpur since independence
The judge pronounced the death sentence and also slapped Rs 2,100 penalty. The judge also awarded other punishments under different sections, spanning from seven years of rigorous imprisonment to life sentence under other sections of the IPC.
Narsinghpur superintendent of police M Shrivastava said the judge termed the case as rarest of rare crime.
“It is the first death penalty awarded by any court in Narsinghpur district since the country attained independence,” claimed Shrivastava.
The 13-year-old girl, a resident of a village in Chichli area, had gone missing on May 21, 2015 after which her family reported the matter to the police. The Chichli police recovered the girl’s body the next day from a well in the adjoining Baglai village.
The girl’s post mortem examination revealed that she was raped before being strangled to death.
Investigations led the police to three suspects in July 2015. The DNA samples of the three were matched with the DNA profile of the deceased girl generated from her vaginal smear. Ravishankar was then detained after which he admitted to committing the crime.