Man, 70, gets 10-yr RI for minor`s rape in `heinous of heinous crime`

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

MEERUT: A special Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court in Meerut on Thursday sentenced a 70-year-old man to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl after abducting her while she was playing outside her house in a Meerut locality in 2019.The additional district and sessions judge, Yasmeen Akbar, also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict, with the full amount set to be provided to the child as compensation. Special public prosecutor Akash Aggarwal told TOI, "The convict was the victims neighbour. When the minor girl went missing, the other children who were playing with her alerted her mother. She later found the girl in a secluded room and caught the accused in the act. Subsequently, the woman filed a complaint with the police, leading to his immediate arrest." He added, "The court, taking into account the girls statement and her mothers, plus the forensic reports, found the man guilty. He has been convicted under sections 354A (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354B (criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 376 (rape) of the IPC, as well as 5M/6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Pocso Act. While announcing the sentence, the judge termed the crime as heinous of the heinous."(The victims identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Courts directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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