The mentally challenged daughter of a man convicted of rash driving in a 19-year-old case has led a court into adopting a lenient view and letting him off with a meagre fine.
Central Delhi resident Ish Sharma, convicted for rash driving and causing grievous hurt to a person, was let off with a fine of Rs. 10,000 after he submitted before the court that he has a 14-year-old mentally challenged daughter to take care of.
Metropolitan Magistrate Hem Raj who perused the medical records and certificates of the girl, said, "The medical treatment of the girl would be seriously affected and the education of his (convict's) son would also be jeopardised if the convict is sent behind bars. In my opinion, imposing a sentence of fine would suffice the purpose and the convict would be more careful in future."
The court imposed a fine of Rs. 1,000 on him for rash driving and another Rs. 9,000 for causing grievous hurt.
Sharma told the court that he is the sole bread earner of the family which consists of his wife and school-going children.
He also said that he has a 14-year-old daughter who is challenged and if he is sent to jail, she would be deprived of the care of his father and her treatment would be affected.