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Fastest trial: Man gets 5-yr jail in just 17 days

chandigarh Updated: Mar 19, 2013 22:34 IST
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In one of the fastest trials, additional district and sessions judge Shalini Nagpal awarded five years of imprisonment to a 40-year-old for attempt to rape a minor, within 17 days from the day of the incident.

Pronouncing the quantum of sentence, the court on Tuesday awarded five-year jail term along with imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on convict Ram Bahadur alias Veer Bahadur, a resident of Kajheri village.

He was arrested for attempt to rape a three-year-old girl.

The case was not only the first case which was disposed of in just 17 days of the incident but also the first case registered under different provisions of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act.

The police had arrested Ram Bahadur on March 2 on the complaint of the victim's mother. In one of its fastest investigation, the police submitted chargesheet in the case in just five days.

“The trial of the case was completed in one hour, making it one of the fastest trials. We had examined four witnesses, including the victim's mother (who was the complainant in the case) along with the doctor who had medically examined the accused and the investigating officer to prove the allegations,” public prosecutor Manu Kakkar said.

Mother's statement helped prove accused guilty
Determined to get the violator of her daughter punished, the victim's mother stood in the witness box to identify the accused, whom she had caught red-handed.

“On the fateful day, I as cooking when I heard the cries of my daughter coming from neighbor Ram Bahadur's house,” the victim's mother stated in the court.

She said, “The door of the house was locked from inside. I managed to open it and found that the accused, who was in inebriated state, trying to force himself on my three-year-old daughter.”