Terming the rape of a 14-year-old girl with physical and mental disabilities “highly condemnable”, additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, presiding over a special court for crimes against women, sentenced a Sector 56 resident to 10-year jail.
Vijay alias Vicky (the 19-year-old main accused) was convicted for rape while his sister Sunita (32), his mother Shanti (55) and Rashmi Jain, a doctor residing in SAS Nagar, were awarded three-year jail term each for terminating the victim’s five-month-old pregnancy without obtaining her parents’ consent.
Rashmi, along with Sunita and Shanti, were granted bail following their application for suspension of the sentence for a month. They were granted time to appeal against the conviction. Only Vijay was sent to jail and was seen crying after the judgement.
“Crimes against women are increasing at an alarming speed. The court cannot take such crimes lightly. The court should deal with the perpetrators of such crimes with a heavy hand,” said the court, while dismissing the plea of leniency by the accused.
Case at a glance
The girl’s mother, a resident of Sector 56, had lodged a complaint with the police on February 23 last year and had alleged that her daughter, who was suffering from polio, was raped by the main accused. The police then filed an FIR against Vijay, his sister, mother and the doctor.
The girl’s mother, who worked as a domestic help, came to know about the rape in February last year after she took her daughter, who had not been keeping well, to a doctor. The doctor told her that the girl was five months into her pregnancy.
She said her daughter, a Class 4 student in a government school, told her that she had been raped on several occassions by Vijay during the last one year. She approached Vijay’s family, who threatened her. The girl’s mother accused Sunita and Shanti of taking the victim to Rashmi’s clinic to undergo an abortion and later dropped her home.
When she returned home from work, she found her daughter was bleeding and took her to a hospital in Phase 6, SAS Nagar. Doctors there told her the girl had undergone an abortion and informed the police, as the girl was a minor.
'Doctor destroyed proof by terminating pregnancy'
Dismissing a plea of false implication submitted by Dr Rashmi, the court held: “The doctor has committed a grave crime by destroying vital evidence of rape and has been a natural and factual accomplice in the crime by terminating the pregnancy.”
Rashmi sought leniency by claiming that she was a registered doctor and was competent to terminate the pregnancy. Her lawyer said: “Even if she had terminated the pregnancy, it should not be considered illogical because if the child was born, how will the girl bring up the child in this society?” The court termed these arguments “indigestible and not holding water”.