7 years jail to visually impaired person for raping girl on PGI campus
The convict, Lal Chand, 33, had come to the institute from Uttar Pradesh for eye treatment, while the victim was accompanying her mother who had come from Amritsar also for treatment around the same time, June 25, 2016.punjab Updated: May 24, 2017 10:37 IST
A local court on Tuesday awarded seven years in jail to a visually impaired man, 33, for raping a 20-year-old woman on the campus of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) last year. The court of additional district and sessions judge Poonam Joshi also imposed a fine of Rs 1.05 lakh on the convict.
The convict, Lal Chand, 33, had come to the institute from Uttar Pradesh for eye treatment, while the victim was accompanying her mother who had come from Amritsar also for treatment around the same time, June 25, 2016.
It was alleged that Chand took the victim — who was initially declared to be 16, thus a minor, but later turned out to be 20 years old — to a jungle-like area on the campus for “wrong acts... 2-3 times”.
The matter came to the fore when the mother on July 23, 2016, made a complaint. She said the victim had disclosed the matter to her after she noticed her upset.
The sewadar (worker) at the campus gurdwara, Jaswinder Singh, was informed first, and he called the police who then took the complaint from the mother.
The FIR was registered on the basis of the victim’s statement under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
But the POCSO sections were removed later, after it emerged that the victim was over 18 years of age.
The case was lodged after medical examination.
Chand didn’t deny his acquaintance with the victim. The victim’s mother died during her treatment in the course of the trial.