The Delhi High Court has upheld the 10-year prison sentence of two men convicted of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a nine-year-old girl.
The court also upheld the seven-year sentence awarded to the wife of one of the men, who was found guilty of abetting the kidnap and rape.
The child had accused her neighbour Ram Udagar, and his associate Tej Narain, of raping her repeatedly. She told police that when she informed Udagar’s wife Sukhiya about the rape, she was threatened and asked to keep quiet.
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In its order, the bench of Justice Mukta Gupta observed, “Present is a case where a young girl, aged nine years, unwanted in her family due to stepmother, went for solace and comfort to the house of Ram Udagar and Sukhiya, who though saved her from the beatings of her parents and gave her food to eat, but betrayed the trust as Ram Udagar found her an easy prey to satisfy his lust. Not only was she ravished by Ram Udagar but Sukhiya sent her with Tej Narain to a village in Bihar so that he could satisfy his lust, which he did and brought her back only when the father of the prosecutrix lodged a report.”
After the child went missing in May 2011, her father lodged a police complaint. She was found at the residence of the couple two weeks later.
Last year, the trial court found the two men guilty of kidnapping and rape of a minor, and had convicted Sukhiya of abetment to kidnapping and rape.