DI KHAN: Additional sessions judge Usman Wali Khan on Saturday awarded three death sentences and slapped a Rs900,000 penalty on Muhammad Bilal for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl last year.
The verdict was based on section 364-A, 376-C and section 302 of Pakistan penal code, which included the sections of abduction, rape and murder.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, the father of the victim expressed satisfaction on the court verdict, saying the severe punishment will set an example for others to refrain from committing such heinous crimes against minors.
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The prosecutor told the media that the culprit has the right of appeal against the verdict in upper courts within fifteen days of the court orders, adding that he would have to contact the jail administration to do so.
The six-year-old victim had disappeared from a wedding function on January 26, 2017 in DI Khan after her family was threatened by the convict on refusing her hand for marriage.
The body of the deceased was recovered from a sugarcane field two days later.
Police arrested him on the grounds of doubts and during physical remand, he admitted to the charges of abduction, rape and murder by strangling.
During the investigation, it was revealed that the convict was also involved in abducting and raping two other minor girls from the same village.