Teacher is sentenced to hang for raping four-year-old Indian schoolgirl so savagely she needed her intestines realigned
- Mahendra Singh Gond attacked the girl in the central state of Madhya Pradesh
- He is first person executed since death penalty was introduced for child rapists
- A high court confirmed the death sentence, scheduled for March 2, last month
A teacher will be hanged next month after raping a girl in India so violently that she had to have her intestines realigned.
Mahendra Singh Gond is set to become the first person executed since a change in the law last year which introduced the death penalty for child rapists.
The attacker kidnapped his victim last June and left her body in the jungle after the assault, believing her to be dead.
A high court confirmed the death sentence last month and the date of his execution has been fixed for March 2, the Times of India reported.
Mahendra Singh Gond (pictured) is set to become the first person executed since a change in the law last year which introduced the death penalty for child rapists
After the attack the schoolgirl spent months in a New Delhi hospital having her intestines realigned.
Gond is currently in prison in Jabalpur, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India.
Confirming the death sentence, judges said: ‘Courts cannot evade their duty to be tough with hard-core criminals so that there is some deterrent against indulging in such gruesome crimes.
‘The incident assumes greater significance because the person involved is a teacher who is supposed to teach lessons in morality to his students.’
At the time of the attack NDTV reported that Gond was drunk and had kidnapped the girl from her cot after speaking to her father.
He was said to have led her away from the house, attacked her and then dumped her nearby.
After the attack the schoolgirl (pictured being airlifted to hospital) spent months in a New Delhi hospital having her intestines realigned
‘Taking advantage of the situation, Gond took the girl away from her house and raped her. After the sexual assault, he dumped her into the bushes,’ a prosecutor said.
Last year the law was changed to allow the death penalty for rapists who attack a child aged under 12.
India has been shaken by a series of sexual assaults since 2012, when a student was gang-raped and murdered on a moving New Delhi bus.
Four men were sentenced to death for raping and torturing the medical student in New Delhi, although they remain on death row.
India’s top court upheld the death sentences in 2017 and a petition to overturn them was rejected last year.
One of the other suspects in the case, which triggered massive protests across the country, died in his cell while another was underage and served time at a correction facility.