A Delhi court has sentenced a youth to seven years in prison for raping a minor girl after kidnapping and forcibly marrying her.
Besides handing out the sentence to Surender, 28, additional sessions judge TR Naval also sent Surender’s neighbour Bala to jail for five years for abducting the 14-year-old girl.
“It is held that evidence on record has proved that both the accused (Surender and Bala) kidnapped the minor by adopting deceitful means and under coercion with the intention that she may be compelled to marry against her will with Surender and then forced to do illicit intercourse. He (Surender) also committed sexual intercourse with the girl against her will and without her consent,” the court said.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 and Rs 13,000 on Surender and Bala, respectively.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the morning of June 30, 2006 in Gandhi Nagar. Bala, who stayed in the girl’s neighbourhood called her and asked her to go with Surrender to a temple.
Instead, Surrender took her to his home in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, raped her and then forcibly married her, the police said.