Chandigarh: 55-year-old gets 10-year jail for raping minor

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2015 11:52 IST

A 55-year-old man has been sentenced to 10-year jail for raping a 13-year-old girl thrice. The accused used to give Rs 50 to the victim after committing the crime.

The court also imposed a fine for Rs 2.11 lakh on Prabhu Singh, a resident of Sector 16, Chandigarh. He was arrested in September 2014 following a complaint by the victim's mother, who accused him of raping and kidnapping her minor daughter.

Taking into account the identification of the accused by the victim in her statement where she recalled her traumatic experience corroborated by the medical evidence, the court convicted Prabhu disbelieving his pleas of false implication owing to old enmity.

"She has invariably fallen a prey to the reprehensible vile act of the accused. If ever, she has faltered in her deposition it is all on account of her being minor innocent girl and on account of the traumas and travails she has undergone and which has violently rocked her to the very depth of her mind and soul," said the court holding that her statement "inspires confidence and proves the guilt of the accused to the hilt without reasonable doubt."

The victim, a student of Class 6, told the court how the convict allured her on the pretext of giving her pocket money. "Uncle used to give me money (Rs 50) after committing wrong with in his house," the victim said while deposing before the court. She told the court that the convict raped in on three occasions before he was arrested after her mother barged into his house on September 29, 2014.

The heinous act

The victim's mother, a resident of Sector 15, who works as a domestic help, alleged that her 13-year-old daughter went missing on September 29, 2014. Her second daughter told her that the girl was at uncle's house in Sector 16.
The victim's mother went to Prabhu's house and found that he was trying for force himself on her daughter in the bathroom. On seeing her, Prabhu pushed her daughter out of the bathroom. She alleged that her daughter told her that Prabhu used to give him money after committing the crime.

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