A court in New Delhi has sentenced a man to ten years' rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor girl last year.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Braja Raj Kedia held Jag Mohan Tiwari guilty of raping the five-year-old-girl after finding her alone in her Subzi Mandi residence in North Delhi.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 on the convict.
According to the prosecution, the accused, a resident of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, had raped the girl on October seven, 2006.
Declining Tiwari's leniency plea, Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Mohammad Abdul argued that the convict should be given maximum punishment for his devilish act, which would also act as a deterrent.
The prosecution produced fourteen witnesses, including the girl and her parents to prove its case against Tiwari. The court had on January 29, 2007, framed charges against him.
"Considering the seriousness of the offence, I am of the view that ends of justice shall suffice if the convict, Tiwari is sentenced to ten years RI for his act," the Judge said in his order.