A Thiruvanathpuram sessions court has sentenced to death an auto driver, for raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl last year. The accused was found guilty of raping and murdering the girl at her residence in March, 2012. The prosecution case was that Rajesh had entered the victim's home on the pretext of some water and a screwdriver for repairing his autorickshaw, which was stopped in front of the house.
The victim, a class X student, was alone as her parents were away. Rajesh raped her, strangled her and ran away after snatching a gold chain of the victim. To their shock, the girl's parents found their child lying dead when they returned home. The court, while handing out the punishment, called it “rarest of the rare” suitable for capital punishment