Man gets 10 yrs jail for raping minor step daughter

aaA man found guilty of repeatedly raping his 13-year-old step daughter and making her pregnant has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court which said his DNA sample matched with the aborted foetus.

Additional sessions judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta held the 33-year-old Bihar native guilty of raping the girl, threatening to kill her and wrongfully confining her.

The court said there was nothing to disbelieve the girl’s testimony. The DNA result showed that the profile from the foetus of the girl matched with the DNA sample of the man which proved that he had established physical relations with the minor due to which she became pregnant, it said.

“Keeping in view the testimony of the victim which is reliable and inspires confidence and is also corroborated by her statement (recorded by the police) and by the DNA result, I am of the opinion that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused that on August 16, 2011… at Uttam Nagar here, he wrongfully confined the girl and threatened her with threat to her life and committed rape on the girl and also thereafter,” the judge said.

The court refused to take any lenient view towards him considering the “seriousness” of the offence and the facts of the case. It imposed a fine of Rs. 2,000 on him.

According to the prosecution, on August 16, 2011, when the girl returned home from school and went to her room to change clothes, the man entered the room and raped her.

When she resisted and started screaming, he gagged her mouth and threatened to kill her, if she disclosed the act to anyone, it said.

The man continued to rape her daily for the next three-four months due to which she became pregnant. She then disclosed the incident to her maternal grandmother who informed the girl’s mother about it.

The girl’s mother lodged a complaint against her husband and after the minor’s medical examination, the pregnancy was terminated.

During the trial, the man claimed innocence saying the girl’s mother had implicated him in a false case to extort money from him.

At the time of sentencing, the convict pleaded for mercy submitting that he was in judicial custody since December 2011 and has no past criminal record.

(Source: PTI)



Man given seven-yr RI for abduction, rape of minor

Man who has abducted and raped a minor girl in 2007, the family of the 25-year-old accused Santosh Bhausaheb Pawar had immediately sprung into damage control mode.

In exchange for withdrawing the case, the victim was given the offer of marrying the same man who raped her. He had also offered to transfer three acres of land he owned in her name. However, the victim’s refusal to budge has landed Pawar in jail for seven years.

Principal District and Sessions Judge A I S Cheema found Pawar guilty of abducting and raping the 15-year-old girl and keeping her captive in a farm for three days after the act. Judge Cheema on Tuesday sentenced Pawar to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and directed him to pay a fine of Rs 25,000.

Both Pawar and the girl are residents of Bhambarde village of Shirur taluka and knew each other. On April 3, 2007 the victim and her friend had ventured into the village where they met Pawar. When they were returning home a few hours later, the victim’s uncle Dyaneshwar Mhaske had spotted the girls and offered to drop them home on his motorbike.

While her friend agreed, the victim refused her uncle’s offer. Meanwhile, Pawar also arrived at the spot on his motorbike and offered a lift to the victim and she agreed.

However, instead of dropping her home, Pawar took her to the Chaskaman canal and raped her in one of the cement pipes lying at the bank. He then forcibly took her to a nearby farm and confined her there, threatening to hurt her and her family members if she protested.

For three days the victim was held at the farm, with Pawar making frequent visits to the place before she found her way home on April 6. Her family had meanwhile lodged a missing person’s complaint and after her father Bhausaheb Shivram Mhaske learnt of the rape, filed a complaint of rape, abduction, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.

“The accused had alleged that the girl had consented to the act, but as she was below 16 years of age, he is liable to be imprisoned after being found guilty,” according to the Additional Public Prosecutor Hira Bari.

“That the family of the accused made an offer of marriage and land reflects a guilty conscience and an attempt to tamper with evidence. This was accepted as a valid argument by the court,” added Bari who had examined eight witnesses during the trial.