The Supreme Court has commuted a rape-murder convict's death sentence to life in prison.

Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of a man accused of raping and murdering a juvenile into life prison . The High Court in Madhya Pradesh upheld a verdict of death for an eight-year-old girl child who is none other than his own cousins daughter .

New Delhi, India, May 14: The Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of a man accused of raping and murdering a juvenile into life prison, citing the fact that the crime test and the criminal test are required to be followed before awarding a capital sentence, the top court said.Moreover, the court found that the present case, even though it has no statutory antecedents and comes from a poor socioeconomic background, cannot go unnoticed.The High Court in Madhya Pradesh upheld a verdict of death for an eight-year-old girl child who is none other than his own cousin's daughter, the court found that the death sentence should be unfair, and that the punishment of death should be imposed by a capital punishment, according to the top court.The man was the uncle of the deceased victim.