Mandsaur, Aug 21: Two men Irfan and Asif were sentenced to death on Monday by a special court for raping a seven-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur area.
Special Judge Nisha Gupta held the two accused - Irfan alias Bhaiyu (20) and Asif (24) - guilty under relevant sections, public prosecutor B S Thakur said. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence later in the day, he said.
The Class 2 student was lured away by the two men - Irfan and Asif - when she was standing outside her school on June 26, waiting for her parents to pick her up. The men raped her, tortured her and then slit her throat before walking away.
The men were caught within 24 hours of the rape after police examined the photographs and CCTV footage from the neighbourhood.
Relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were invoked against the accused.
Earlier on Saturday, Superintendent of MY Hospital, where the minor girl is undergoing treatment, told media that the victim is out of danger.
"Her condition is better than the one she was brought in and she's out of danger now. She's being given semi-solid food and is speaking today. We are monitoring her. She was also examined by doctors called from outside," he said.
The Mandsaur rape had triggered huge protests in Madhya Pradesh.