A father of three children (two girls) was on Monday awarded 10-year jail for raping an eight-year-old daughter of a colleague.
Forensic evidence including DNA profiling corroborated with the statement of the victim and her mother, and proved accused Vijay Kumar, resident of Sector 24, guilty of kidnapping and rape.
"The honour of the minor girl has been spoiled forever by the accused. Crimes against women are increasing at an alarming speed. The court cannot take such cases lightly. To curb and discourage the commission of sexual assaults, the court should deal with perpetrators with a stern and heavy hand,"said the court while dismissing the plea of leniency forwarded by the accused.
Vijay and the girl's father are Class-4 employees at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, and shared cordial relationships. The accused visited the girl's house, took her out on the pretext of buying sweets and raped her. The UT police had arrested him on January 28 last year on the complaint of the victim's father.
Vijay's family broke down after the court's judgement. "I was falsely implicated as the victim's father had failed to repay me a loan of Rs 90,000,"said Vijay, crying, after having been convicted.
Victim's identification, hair of the accused nailed him
The DNA profiling of Vijay's hair strand helped to nail him even as he claimed false implication. The statement of the victim and her mother as well as the identification of the accused by the victim corroborated with the forensic evidence and helped the court give the judgement.
Compensation to the victim
The court imposed a fine of Rs 1.7 lakh on Vijay to be paid to the victim as compensation. The convict would have to serve an additional term of six months if he fails to pay the fine.