A 56-year-old farmhouse guard was on Tuesday sentenced to death by one of the new fast-track courts exclusively trying rape cases, for the murder and rape of a three-year-old daughter of a rickshaw-puller in 2011.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat who is presiding over the special fast-track court for sexual offences against women at the Dwarka court complex here said the “heinous” offence fell in the “rarest of rare” category meriting death penalty while sentencing Bharat Singh under Section 302 (murder offence) of the Indian Penal Code. The court also imposed a fine of Rs.1 lakh on the convict, who was also sentenced to life imprisonment for the offence of committing rape (IPC Section 376). “There cannot be anything worse than this that a man can do while raping a minor. He did not heed to the cries of the minor victim during the commission of the offence. It was a ghastly and heinous crime and the convict opted to do it in such a brutal manner that her internal organs were pulled out,” Mr. Bhat said.

The prosecution had alleged that the child went to play outside her house at Kapashera in South-West Delhi on April 10, 2011, evening but while returning home, she lost her way and strayed towards a nearby farmhouse.

Bharat Singh, who was alone on duty, took the girl inside and raped and killed her. After realising she was dead, he threw her body near a secluded spot inside the farmhouse covered with bushes as he feared that workers outside, engaged in road construction, would spot him with the body. He also left the farmhouse before his shift got over.

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