50-yr-old gets RI for rape, abduction in Delhi
Sanjay Jha | January 29, 2009 at 01:30 amby
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India's national capital New Delhi reports regularly rape of minor girl and often accused gets away with either light punishment or get acquitted for for lack of circumstantial and clinching medical evidence.
"While keeping the girl confined in a room, on one hand, the accused was making her address him as `papa' and introducing her as daughter and niece, on the other hand, he was sexually assaulting her,'' additional sessions judge Pratibha Rani said.
"How traumatic the experience could be for a little girl aged 12-13,'' the court noted, while imposing a fine of Rs 11,000 on the accused, Manish Kumar, a resident of Amritsar.
"The act of convict was gruesome and abhorring, leaving a permanent scar on the child, obstructing her growth as healthy human being and breeding a sense of shame and guilt throughout her life for something which she could not be blamed for,'' the court observed in its judgement. The victim, who was taken to Faridabad by accused, was rescued on July 27, 2007 when she contacted her uncle two days after her father lodged a missing complaint with Patel Nagar police station in west Delhi.
The girl had gone missing after she left home to fetch her younger brother from school. In her deposition, she said the accused took her to Faridabad and raped her. The accused who alleged implication and sought leniency, could not impress the court after the prosecutor informed that out of the five cases pending against him since 1992, four were related to sexual assault.
"In this case, the fact that the accused appears to be habitual offender, casts a duty upon the court to award adequate sentence so that at the age of 50, it could have deterrent effect on him,'' the court said.