Man gets death sentence for murdering minor girl

The convicts in the Chottanikkara murder case- Rani Renjith and Basil- being brought out of the Ernakulam POCSO Court on Monday | K Shijith

Rejith was found guilty of murder and sexual assault while Rani and Basil were sentenced for criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and cruelty to children. The trio disposed off the girl's body and pretended that she had gone missing.

The special court considering atrocities against women and children in Kochi has sentenced to death Rajith, first accused in the murder of four-year-old Aksa in Chottanikkara in 2013. All the accused stood silent with no expressions when the court read out the sentences. The court has also given life imprisonment to Rani, the second accused in the case. Also, Renjith will have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 and Rani and Basil have to pay Rs. 25,000 respectively. She had conspired with the other accused to eliminate her own four-and-a-half-year-old daughter. When the child started crying aloud, he gagged her mouth. The Court found all the three guilty under Juvenile Justice Act and the POSCO Act. The child was an LKG student.

Last week, Ranjith had attempted suicide at the Kakkanad sub-jail in which he was lodged on a day when the court was set to announce its verdict in the case. When Rani and Basil returned, they together planned to dispose the body and Rani suggested the place for it. Basil is staying with Rani at her house in Ambadimala posing as her brother. When she tried to resist, he threw her at the wall. The attack had left her with a broken spine, arms and a bad injury at private parts.

Renjit and minor's daughter Rani had been in relationship and the two wanted to remove the girl who was being a hurdle to their affair. According to reports, the child was killed since they thought she was a hindrance to their illicit relationship.

Rani's husband Vinod was jailed at this time in a drug case.

Awarding the sentence to Rani, the court stated in its order that "She is the mother of the deceased child".

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