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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 02, 2013
The court of additional sessions judge, Fatehgarh Sahib, awarded seven-year sentence to Jagtar Singh, 22, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib Channa village of Patiala and imposed fine of Rs. 20,000 on him for allegedly raping a minor.
The court, however, acquitted co-accused Ranbir Singh, alias Romy 33, of Raimajra village of the district. A case was registered against both the accused on October 2, 2012 under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506 of the IPC at Fatehgarh Sahib police station.

The victim, a resident of Bharionpur village, who then was in Class 10, lodged a complaint on October 2, 2012, that Jagtar Singh, brother-in-law of her neighbour Vir Singh raped her on the pretext of solemnising marriage with her.

The victim had also alleged that Jagtar had promised her to take her to Pune after getting married to her. Accordingly, on September 30, he had taken the victim to a gurdwara, where he left her alone and went away. The victim had waited for Jagtar the whole day, but he did not turn up.

On October 1, when the victim was coming back to her village, Romy, a close relative of her neighbour  Rajwinder had met her and offered her lift on his motorcycle. The victim had accepted the offer.

But despite asking repeatedly to drop her at her residence, Romy had allegedly threatened her and had taken her to the fields of Raie Majra and raped her.

On October 2, he took her to Jyoti Sarup Gurdwara and dropped her from where she came to her house and narrated the entire incident to her family.

The victim was taken to civil hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, for medical examination. Jagtar Singh was arrested on October 14 and after two days Romy was also arrested.

During inquiry, police found Romy innocent. During the hearing of the case, Jagtar Singh admitted of kidnapping and raping the victim. However, the prosecution failed to prove their allegations against Romy. The court convicted Jagtar under sections 363, 366, 376 of the IPC.