A Local resident,Manjit Singh,who had raked up a controversy by levelling serious accusations against an Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ) was on Monday held guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl who worked as his domestic help. He was awarded 12 years of rigorous imprisonment by ADJ Najar Singh on charges of rape and criminal intimidation with a penalty of Rs 1 lakh.
Manjit,a builder and a local businessman,had alleged that he was asked to pay a bribe of Rs 50 lakh by two middlemen of ADJ Najar Singh for his acquittal. The judge had fixed the case for Monday for pronouncement of orders. The court had reserved orders on the case more than one and a half month back. For the last three hearings,Manjit had been evading pronouncement on one pretext or another.
A high-voltage drama was witnessed in the district court on Monday as the judge directed the police to take Manjit into custody,minutes after he appeared in the court.
The family of the convict opposed the judgment and accused the judge of vindictive action. After the conviction,Manjits son Sikandar along with his mother went to the District and Sessions Court,seeking justice. However,the District and Sessions Judge said that law would take its course and as the case was lying with another judge,he would not comment on it.
In his detailed judgment,ADJ Singh has recorded that Manjit had previously levelled allegations against the victims lawyer. Such was the desperation that Manjit got a false FIR registered against the victims mother and her lawyer. Manjit had alleged that the victims lawyer had good links with then ADJ Ved Prakash Sirohi. However,the allegations were found false later,reads the judgment.
Notwithstanding the U-turn taken by the victim,the judge has placed reliance on the testimony of her mother. Also,the court has made a special mention of the tactics adopted by Manjit to wriggle out of the case.
The way he chose to wriggle out of his crime by winning over the prosecutrix,taking benefit of her poverty and illiteracy,which is proved to be the most aggravating circumstance,it is held that there is no reason,what to talk for special and adequate reasons,to show any uncalled for leniency, notes the order.
It reads that the convict has committed rape upon a minor girl. Sexual violence apart from being a dehumanising act is an unlawful intrusion on the right of privacy and sanctity of a female. It is a serious blow to her supreme honour and offends her self-esteem and dignity. It degrades and humiliates the victim and where the victim is a helpless innocent child or a minor,it leaves behind a traumatic experience.