Man gets death for rape, murder of minor in Odisha

Guilty Pradeep DalaiA court in Odisha Monday awarded death sentence to a man convicted earlier for raping and murdering a minor, a lawyer said. B.P. Routray, district and sessions judge of district headquarters of Sambalpur, sentenced to death Pradip Dalai (28) for abduction, rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in the same town Sep 2. The judge had found Dalai guilty Oct 1, however, the judgment came Monday.

“Today the judge awarded death sentence to the guilty,” public prosecutor Artatran Mishra said . He added, justice was delivered within 35 days of the  crime. “This is probably for the first time that justice has been delivered by a court so swiftly in this region, Mishra said.

The man was arrested Sep 3, a day after he committed the crime, and police brought charges against him within a week of the crime.

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