Patna: A Bihar court on Thursday awarded the death penalty to a 45-year-old man for raping and killing a minor girl four years ago, a lawyer said.

Describing the crime as "rarest of rare", Vaishali Additional District and Sessions Judge Padma Kumari Choudhary awarded the capital punishment to Bilat Pandit after he was found guilty.

Pandit was charged under the provisions of Sections 367 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), police said. A police official said that Pandit lured the girl, daughter of a washerman, to accompany him to a wedding party in Hajipur, district headquarters town of Vaishali, some 30 km from Patna, in May 2008. But he raped and killed the child after forcibly taking her to a secluded place.    

Pandit dumped the body in a field near Veer Kuer Singh Colony in Hajipur, where he worked as a domestic help, police said.


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