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JABALPUR: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has upheld a lower court’s order awarding death sentence to a man for raping and killing a four-year-old girl, observing that “humanity is more in danger in the hands of persons like the convict”.

Describing the offence as an act of “extreme depravity” and taking note of the rise in crimes against minor girls, the court said in such cases, an extreme punishment would deter other criminals.

A division bench of HC Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and justice Vijay Kumar Shukla observed while dismissing the appeal filed by the convict, Vinod, alias Rahul Choutha. He had raped and killed the girl on May 13, 2017. The victim’s body was found two days later.

Shahdol District and Sessions Judge RK Singh had sentenced Chouhtha to death on February 28 this year.

The court said it had the social responsibility to make the citizens of the country know that law could not come to the rescue of such a person on the basis of humanity.

The appellant was a young unmarried boy, aged 22 years at the time of commission of the offence, but he breached the trust of a girl child of four years when he tempted her by offering biscuits to accompany him to meet her father,” the court said.


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