How habitual is habitual? Ask Anil Vichare, a criminal who was convicted for the 31st time on Tuesday.
Anil alias 'Maruti' was convicted by the session's court for four years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 500 for kidnapping a minor girl from Kalachowkie area, where he resides.
The conviction was handed down to him by session's judge SS Joshi based on the evidence provided by the police who had registered a complaint of rape and kidnapping against Vichare. According to the police, the victim knew the convict as he resided in the same area of Abhyudayanagar in Kalchowkie.
However, he took her to Panvel in a train where he forcibly detained her for three days in a small room. Late, Anil brought her back to Mumbai and the victim fled away from his custody when he was caught by a ticket collector on the railway station and returned home. The victim narrated the incident to her mother who registered a complaint with the police and the convict came to be arrested.
For Anil, the sentence was déjà vu. Now 48, Anil committed his first crime in the year 1971 when he was just 27 years old. It was a case of theft registered with the Kalyan police station where he had stolen valuables from a minor girl.
In his crime graph of over 11 years, Anil has been in custody most of the time. The minute he comes out, he commits an offence. Other than theft and robbery, he has been convicted for the charges of molestation. Before the court convicted Vichare for the 31st time, he was convicted by a session's court on July 9, 1996 for the chare of kidnapping a minor girl and robbery for three years for which he served the sentence and was released in 2000.
Anil in his 31 cases has been convicted for offences of kidnapping minors for sexual exploitation, theft, molestation, kidnapping minor girls for the purpose of begging, house breaking. For these offences the punishment has not been more that four-year to him given by the magistrate and sessions court to him.
Public Prosecutor Usha Kiran Makasare said, "Vichare's modus operandi has been of targeting minor girls by luring them and illegally keeping them in their custody and exploiting them sexually and later stealing the ornaments worn by them".