A Delhi-based trader on Monday was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a sessions court almost a decade after he seduced and raped a 14-year-old girl promising her a 'big role' in a Bollywood film.
Additional Sessions Judge NK Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict, Rajkumar alias Raju.
His co-accused in the case, one Aslam Ali, charged with rape and wrongful confinement, is a 'proclaimed offender' in the case.
The victim, who had studied till class five, had run away from home at Rampur District in Uttar Pradesh unable to bear the ill-treatment of her step-mother in February 1996.
She reached the New Delhi Railway Station while on her way to Mumbai to try her chance in Bollywood.
There she was accosted by the convict, who convinced her that he had many contacts in the film world and took her along with him to a room on Jhansi Road in New Delhi, where he raped her.
Later, the convict handed over the girl to Ali, who kept her in confinement for over two days and repeatedly assaulted her sexually.
Ali then brought her to a city hotel, where she was given work as a maid servant. However, the manager of the hotel insisted on a police verification.
On the police questioning her, the girl admitted to having run away from home besides also recounted the sexual assaults on her.