Indore: A special court on Tuesday awarded 20 years of rigorous imprisonment to a man for raping his 14-year-old niece.
Judge Varsha Sharma handed down the sentence and also imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 on the convict. “On non-payment of the fine, the convict would have to undergo additional imprisonment of one year,” said district public prosecution officer Mohammad Akram Sheikh.
According to prosecution, a teenaged girl whose parents were labourers was alone at home when her uncle Ashok visited the place. He offered to take her to a temple at Jaam Darwaza. The girl accepted the offer and sat pillion on his motorcycle.
After visiting Jaam Darwaza, the man took her to Indore and kept the girl at one of his relatives’s place. There, he outraged her modesty for two days and fled when the victims’ parents reached there searching for their daughter.
On the complaint of the victim, a complaint was registered against the accused at Badgonda police station. After listening to both the parties, the judge found the 28-year-old accused guilty and awarded sentence to him.
He was awarded three years of imprisonment under Section 363 and 5 years under Section 366 and 20 years under Section 376 (2 ) (F) (K) (N) of IPC and 20 years imprisonment under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Special public prosecutor Preeti Agrawal argued the case on behalf of the victim.