A fast-track court in Bengaluru has sentenced a man to death for raping and killing a one-year-old child in 2015. Judge KN Roopa awarded death sentence for the offense under IPC section 302 (murder) and life imprisonment under IPC section 377 (unnatural sexual act) and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict.
The convict has also been sentenced to life imprisonment under the POCSO Act. The Bangalore City District Legal Services Authority has been directed to pay a compensation of five lakh rupees to the bereaved family of the innocent child. The trial court said in its judgment that it has been 10 years since the POCSO Act came into force. However, such criminal acts have not reduced but are increasing day by day.
According to the prosecution, the father of the accused and the victim knew each other. On September 12, 2015, at 2 pm, the child's father entrusted the accused with the responsibility of taking care of his son as he had some urgent work. The accused later took the child to an isolated area near Yeshwantpur and committed the crime. When people heard the cry of the child, the accused got scared and beat the child to death.