Hyderabad: In a landmark judgment, a court in Ranga Reddy sentenced a man to death on 9 February for the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl in the Narsingi police limits. A fine of Rs. 1,000 was also imposed against the accused Dinesh Kumar Dharne. The accused, 23-year-old Dinesh, is from Madhya Pradesh.

The victim's family was from Odisha and her parents worked as labourers. The family lived in a labour camp in the Narsingi police limits. On 12 December 2017, the victim's mother lodged a complaint at Narsingi police station claiming that Dinesh had taken her daughter on the pretext of giving her chocolate. Dinesh took the girl from a tea shop into the bushes and then raped her killed her.

Meanwhile, Dinesh returned to the camp even as the girl's parents were searching for their daughter. When the girl's mother questioned him, the accused told her that he had dropped her at the labour camp some time ago and that she might be playing somewhere.

After a detailed investigation, the police zeroed in on Dinesh. The police raided his room and brought him to the station. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime. He was remanded to judicial custody on 13 December 2017.

However, Dinesh absconded after obtaining bail and went to Madhya Pradesh, interrupting the trial for a brief period. Special teams were formed to nab him and he was produced before the court. He was awarded the death penalty on Tuesday.


Capital punishments in Telangana

So far, the state has seen seven death penalties, including the one awarded on Tuesday. In 2016, a death sentence was awarded for the rape and murder of a 4-year-old girl in Karimnagar district while in 2019 death penalty was awarded to the person accused in the rape and murder of a 6-month old girl in Warangal. In 2020, four death penalties were awarded in two cases of rape and murder of young girls in Rachakonda Commissionerate, a murder case in Warangal, and another rape and murder case in Asifabad district.

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