A man was given the death penalty by an Andhra Pradesh court on Wednesday for raping and murdering his relative, a seven-year-old child, in July 2021.
According to the relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and the IPC, Judge M. A. Somasekhar of the Special POCSO court found the defendant D. Siddaiah guilty and sentenced him to death.
After going missing on July 8, 2021, the girl's corpse was discovered in a plastic bag in a drainage ditch outside of Ambavaram hamlet in the district's Giddalur Mandal. Following a report by the girl's parents to the police, a case was opened at Giddalur Police Station under the appropriate POCSO and IPC provisions.
Malika Garg, the superintendent of police for Prakasam District, who took the issue extremely seriously, gave the police officers specific instructions to conduct a comprehensive investigation, gather all necessary physical evidence, and make an urgent arrest of the suspect.
The child's close cousin Siddaiah, 30, who lived on the same street as the girl and was separated from his wife, was suspected of being involved in the murder when authorities discovered that he had left the hamlet the day the girl vanished.
A blood-stained blanket, a bicycle, and the girl's footwear were discovered at Siddaiah's home when the sniffer dog followed its trail from the murder site there. After then, the suspect was taken into custody and kept in an Ongole prison.
The guy saw the child playing in the vicinity on July 8, 2021, and enticed her into his residence with the promise of money with the goal to rape her, the prosecution said.
He violently murdered the girl by slamming her skull against a cot frame when she began sobbing because he thought he would get caught if anybody found out. Later, he wrapped the girl's corpse in a plastic bag, loaded it onto his bicycle, and discarded it in the drainage canal with the goal of evading detection and tampering with the evidence.
Garg, who kept tabs on the case's investigation, submitted the chargesheet with the court, participated significantly in the prosecution, and properly briefed all the witnesses, supplied appropriate and adequate evidence in the court for a speedy trial.
She was grateful for the efforts of the police officers and employees in the case to punish the perpetrators.