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20 years' imprisonment for three in rape case

20 years’ imprisonment for three in rape case

The Punjab court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal today sentenced the three accused in last year’s gang-rape case of a minor Dalit girl of Gandhar village to 20 years imprisonment.

The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 80,000 each on the accused that has to be given to the victim’s family.The case against three persons — Baljeet Singh, Gurlal Singh and Manpreet Singh — of the same village was registered on January 25 last year at Lakhewali police station under Section 376, 511 and 366-A of the IPC after the victim had narrated her plight to the Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar.The girl had alleged she was abducted by the trio while she was going to school on January 24 last year and taken to Baljeet Singh’s house, where they sexually assaulted her.

Though the case was registered and two accused were arrested initially, the third accused — Gurlal Singh — was arrested after nearly five months of the registration of the case and that too after protests by farmer organisations.

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