The school teacher is convicted of raping his four-year-old student
The first rapist to be executed by hanging under the new Indian law of death penalty for child rapists will be a school teacher from Madhya Pradesh. Mahendra Singh Gond, who abducted and raped his 4-year-old student, will be hanged till death in Jabalpur jail on March 2 after the court called it a “rarest of rare” crime.
On June 30 last year, Gond kidnapped the girl and raped her brutally, leaving her for dead in a forest and fled the scene. The little girl was later found by her family members, barely alive, and rushed her to a local hospital. But her injuries were so severe that she had to be airlifted to Delhi’s AIIMS. The child spent months, enduring multiple surgeries, to get her intestines realigned. While the teacher was caught within hours, the girl’s testimony via video conference was crucial in proving him guilty.
The case is one for the few cases where a verdict was reached within months. From crime to confirmation of death sentence, it took only seven months. Meanwhile the superintendent of Jabalpur Central Jail said that they received an email from Satna court which said that Gond would be executed at 5 am on March 2. However, he added that the hanging can still be stopped by the Supreme Court or the President.
Previously, the apex court had stayed the hanging of a four-year-old’s murderer and rapist in MP’s Singrauli town.