A local court at Banai has sentenced a man to 12 years rigorous imprisonment for raping his own daughter.
Rajendra Panigrahi, sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate at Banai, convicted the man for committing the crime in village Saradhapur.
According to the prosecution, the man, a widower, who lived with his three minor daughters, used to rape his eldest daughter.
The matter came to light on March 30, 2005, when she shouted while her father attempted to rape her inside their home. The villagers gathered and informed the police who arrested him.
The judge, who examined 13 witnesses, sentenced him to 12 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000.
In case of default in paying the fine, the convict would have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another one year.