The district court here on Tuesday sentenced seven people in the rape case of a minor girl in the city.
Announcing the judgment, the court of additional sessions judge cum special judge for atrocities against women, Varinder Aggarwal, awarded a sentence of 10 years with a fine of rs 1 lakh on prime accused Harjinder Singh (19) under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and sections 363 and 120b of the IPC.
The court also announced seven years jail to his mother Hardeep Kaur, brother Harvinder Singh, friend Karan Kumar, uncle Pargat Singh, Harvinder Kaur and a local politician Raj Kaur with a fine of `25,000 each, for helping the accused kidnap and rape the 15-year-old. The court also imposed a fine of `50,000 each on them under sections 120b and 363 of the IPC. The court ruled that `2 lakh from the fine will be paid to the girl as compensation.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Rajesh Garg, counsel for the complainant said the case was registered at the Sangrur city police station on December 8, 2013, on the complaint of the girl and her father. The victim alleged that Harjinder Singh, with the help of other accused, had kidnapped the victim from Sangrur and raped her with the help of others in Amritsar.
One week after the registration of the complaint, police arrested Harjinder when he was coming back to Sangrur with the girl in a car.
However, the court has acquitted Harnek Singh, Harjinder Singh's father, and Ram Kishore, the driver, due to lack of evidence against them.