In a fit of rage, he hit her with a grinding stone on her head and slit her throat in 2012
A trial court had in July 2015 awarded death penalty to Hari Om after convicting him in the case. Later, the high court had affirmed his conviction and death sentence imposed upon him.
The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights commits its signatories to ensure the abolition of death penalty within their jurisdiction, except during war.
Death penalty already exists for gang rape-cum-murder, as in the Nirbhaya case, but is not yet applicable for cases of gang rape in which there has been no death.
According to advocate Prashant Diwan, who appeared for the complainant, the convict had kidnapped the child on March 18, 2009 and sent several messages to his father demanding ransom.
However, headline-grabbing cases did not cease: Just recently, a young veterinary doctor in Hyderabad was raped and killed, a girl in Unnao in UP met a similar fate.
Government ordinance on death for child rapists despite a negative recommendation by Verma committee
A committee under Justice Verma, former Chief Justice of India was also constituted to amend criminal laws pertaining to sexual offenses.
Swati Maliwal on Friday started her indefinite hunger strike at Rajghat against Unnao and Kathua rape incidents demanding capital punishment to rapists.
As the suspect, Imran Ali appeared in court under heavy security, Pakistanis across the country demanded capital punishment on social media.