ThaneA 35-year-old Thane resident was on Friday sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and fined ₹1,000 for the rape of a minor in 2015. The accused, Jaypal Pardesh, worked as a home security guard. His wife is a constable attached with the thane police commisionerate. He was convicted by the bench of justice A S Bhaisare for raping the 14-year-old girl he had hired to do household work.Sangeeta Phad, the district government pleader (DGP), said, “The rape took place on October 24 and 26 at the residence of the accused. He threatened to kill the girl is she revealed the incident to anybody else. A total of 10 witnesses’s statements have been recorded. The girl’s medical test has also proved that she had been raped. Earlier, Pardeshi’s bail application had also been rejected.”According to the police, Pardeshi had convinced the survivor’s parents to let him hire by promising to bear the expenses of her education. Mandar Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said, “The girl had been living at Pardeshi’s house for around six months. Pardeshi had been in jail for the duration of the hearing.”The case was investigated by Shraddha Waydande, assistant police inspector, Thane Nagar police station. The case had been registered under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012.