A 65-year-old man has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years by a Delhi court for raping his minor neighbour, who was suffering from a mental problem.
Additional Sessions Judge M C Gupta awarded the jail term to Mahender, a labourer, and also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him.
The court said though the 15-year-old girl was a bit slow in thinking and answering questions put to her, there was nothing on record to show that she was not a competent witness to testify and as per her understanding, she gave the replies.
Earlier, a case of molestation was registered against Mahender and he was granted bail but after medical examination of the victim, it was converted in a rape case and he was re-arrested.
According to the prosecution, a complaint was lodged by the minor's parents that their neighbour had molested their daughter when she was alone in the house in February 2011.
The man called the child to his house on some pretext and indulged in objectionable acts with her, it said, adding that the minor returned to her house crying and later on disclosed the incident to her mother.
A case was registered by the girl's parents at Narela Police Station.
The girl had told the court that Mahender had asked her to bring 'bidi' for her and when she went to his house to give it to him, he raped her.
Her parents had told the police that she was suffering from some mental problem and was not able to tell anything clearly.
During the trial, Mahender claimed he was innocent and was falsely implicated in the case.
After his conviction, he sought leniency, saying he had some problem in walking due to an accident and also had to take care of his family.