The Delhi High Court has turned down the appeal of a 32-year-old man to set aside his 10-year prison term for raping a 10-month-old girl seven years ago, saying the trial court had already taken a lenient view in the case.
"The maximum sentence prescribed for such offence is life imprisonment. The trial court has already taken a lenient view. I see no merit in his arguments," Justice JM Mallik observed, dismissing the appeal filed by Laloo Singh challenging the order of trial court.
Citing an earlier ruling by the Supreme Court, Justice Mallik said in this type of case, the apex court has enhanced the sentence rather than commuting it.
Singh pleaded he was the sole bread earner of his family and had already undergone imprisonment for seven years and nine months for the offence committed seven years ago.
Convicting Singh for rape, the trial court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him, directing that in case he failed to pay the amount he would undergo an additional jail term of six months.
On January 25, 1999, the mother of the girl found Singh committing the act. Following this, people in the area got together and thrashed Singh before handing him over to police.