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Another rapist who got life term: Man who was booked after 12-year-old niece gave birth to child

A 42-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his minor niece repeatedly three years ago in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur, a government lawyer who appeared for the survivor said on Thursday

jaipur Updated: Apr 26, 2018 21:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Police relied on DNA samples to nail the accused.(HT File)

A 42-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his minor niece repeatedly three years ago in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur, a government lawyer who appeared for the survivor said on Thursday.

A special court in Dungarpur passed its order on Wednesday, coinciding with a court in Jodhpur sentencing self-styled godman Asaram to life imprisonment of raping a minor in 2013.

The Dungarpur girl, who was 12 at the time of the incident, gave birth to a son in 2016. The girl’s parents came to know of the rape after she was confirmed to be pregnant, said Naresh Kalal, the additional public prosecutor in the case.

HT is not publishing the name of the convict as it could lead to identification of the rape survivor, which is barred by Indian laws.

“The victim’s father suffers from paralysis, the victim is an innocent girl and her mother used to work as a labourer and feed them. To assist her, the girl used to go to the forest to rear goats and collect firewood... It’s clear that the accused, in a well thought out manner, and fully knowing the consequences of the act, took the girl home seeing her alone and raped her,” the judge said in the verdict, a copy of which is with HT.

According to the statement of the girl’s mother, the convict had also threatened to kill her if she spoke about it to anybody.

“My daughter did not tell anybody about the incident because she was scared. It was when she got pregnant that she told me that she had been raped,” reads the complaint by the girl’s mother to the Dungarpur superintendent of police (SP).

Police had refused to lodge an FIR initially and it was only after the intervention of the SP that an FIR was lodged on July 4, 2016, Kalal added.

Police relied on DNA samples to nail the accused, who worked as a farmhand and daily-wager .

The counsel for the accused contested that he was not mentally fit at the time of the occurrence of the crime, but the court dismissed the contention.

The judge said the man had raped her on three other occasions “which prove that he had the intention of rape and he acted in a decided way like a mentally fit person”.

Kalal said the accused was convicted under sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Indian Penal Code.

Earlier this month, the Centre brought in an ordinance introducing death penalty for rape of girls below 12 years of age.

The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB)’s data for 2016 show a steady rise in cases of crime against children in Rajasthan.

The state recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which is 3.8 per cent of the crimes against children registered across the country.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 21:47 IST