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Man Gets Death Sentence for Rape and Murder of Girl in Thane District

The prosecution examined 25 witnesses during the trial.
(Representative image/Reuters)

The prosecution examined 25 witnesses during the trial. (Representative image/Reuters)

The Special POCSO judge KD Shirbate convicted Bharatkumar Dhaniram Kori under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

A 33-year-old porter from Bhiwandi in the Thane district of Maharashtra was sentenced to death by a court here on Wednesday for kidnapping, raping, and murdering a seven-year-old girl in 2019. The Special POCSO judge KD Shirbate convicted Bharatkumar Dhaniram Kori under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

The prosecution examined 25 witnesses during the trial. Special Public Prosecutor Sanjay More told the court that Kori abducted the girl from near her house in the Subhash Nagar area in Karivali village on the night of December 21, 2019, took her to an isolated place and raped her. After the sexual assault, he smashed the girl’s head with a stone before fleeing the spot. The father of the victim used to run an eatery in Bhiwandi city, the prosecution said.

Kori was convicted under sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 376 (Punishment for rape), and 302 (Punishment for murder) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Noting that it was the “rarest of rare case”, the judge sentenced Kori to death for kidnap, rape, and murder.

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first published:April 20, 2022, 17:07 IST