A resident of Maloya has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping his college-going daughter.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the convict, Sunil Kumar, a clerk in a private institute.
Victim's statement helped prove Kumar's guilt, even though her mother and siblings had tendered affidavit before the court terming her allegations baseless.
Making the last attempt to prove his innocence before the court pronounced the sentence on Wednesday, Kumar said, “I am fasting today and telling the truth. I have not done anything. I had slapped her for going around with a man following which she implicated me in this false case.”
Eldest of four siblings, the victim, a student of BA first year, had lodged a police complaint on June 23, 2014, accusing her father of raping her and sexually exploiting her since she was in Class 6.
The victim had told the police that she decided to approach the cops after her family members refused to believe her, adding that she had even considered committing suicide in wake of repeated sexual exploitation.
'He was thrown under the bus for disciplining his daughter'
“He is innocent. He has paid the price for only objecting to her relations with a teacher,” said Kumar's wife.
High drama was witnessed as she and her four children broke down as the court pronounced the sentence. Terming the allegations levelled against her husband false, the victim's mother, along with her children, had given an affidavit before the court, alleging that the victim was lying.
They had submitted that the girl had lodged a false case after her father objected to her relationship with a man. However, the claim failed to impress the court.