The sentence came days after Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged for the killing and rape of a schoolgirl, sentenced by the same Ahmedabad court. It was the sixth death penalty ever passed by the court.
Kishan Marwari reportedly lured six-year-old Gomi, a distant relative, out with the promise of sweets on Feb. 27 last year. He took her to a secluded field, where he is believed to have bashed her head on a stone, killing her, and then raped the dead girl. He also cut both her legs apparently to take the silver anklets she was wearing.
The court pronounced 20-year-old Kishen guilty after examining 14 witnesses, a knife bearing his fingerprints and other biological evidence.
Terming the crime a "rarest of the rare" case, Judge Z.K. Sayyed sentenced the accused to death by hanging.
Kishen was relatively calm after the pronouncement.