A city court on Monday sentenced a man to the gallows for raping and stabbing to death his colleague's four-year-old daughter in 2005.
Calling the offence "brutal and gruesome", additional sessions judge S C Rajan said: "In my considered view, there is something uncommon about this crime and the circumstances of the crime are such that there is no alternative but to impose the death penalty."
The court also fined the convict Rs 15,000 for the offence of kidnapping, rape and murder.
The judge noted that the victim's mother had requested the convict, Mukesh Kumar, to take care of her daughter in her absence.
Instead of looking after his colleague's daughter, the court said Kumar acted in a "brutal, grotesque and diabolic manner". He raped the four-year-old and thereafter murdered her, the court said.
The judge rejected the plea of convict that a lenient sentence be awarded to him on the ground that he was 26 years old and a first-time offender.
"It is inconceivable that a baby child can arouse the devouring demon in a man, more particularly whom she saw being on visiting terms with her family, to this extent and nothing can be more degrading and dehumanizing," judge Rajan said.
The accused used to work as a barber with the victim's father at a salon in Okhla Industrial Area.
The court, which examined 13 witnesses, concluded, "The prosecution has proved each and every circumstances to connect the accused and these circumstances unerringly pointing towards the guilt of the accused."