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In the first judgement of its kind in India, a court in Hyderabad on Thursday sentenced a juvenile to double life imprisonment for sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old boy, officials said.
The 17-year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 5 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for aggravated penetrative sexual assault and under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for murder.
The juvenile was also sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for unnatural offence, 10 years for kidnapping and 7 years for the disappearance of evidence under various sections of IPC.
According to Telangana Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy, this is the first judgement of its kind in the country where a juvenile in conflict with law is sentenced to two life imprisonments.
The gruesome incident had occurred in Barkas area of the old city of Hyderabad two years ago.
On June 28, 2017, the accused had taken 10-year-old along with him on the pretext of playing. The victim was taken to the terrace of a government school, where the accused committed unnatural rape on him and then murdered him by hitting on his head with an iron pipe.
The accused, who was the victim's neighbour, hid the body for eight days. The case under the limits of Chandrayangutta police station was solved after the police picked him on suspicion and questioned him.
Following the conviction, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Thursday announced Rs 20,000 reward for the officer who investigated the case.