For raping 77-year-old woman,22-year-old gets life in jail

A 22-year-old has been sentenced to life term for raping a 77-year-old woman,with the court observing that the case was a glaring example that “no woman is safe,whatever her age”.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 5, 2012 1:23 am

A 22-year-old has been sentenced to life term for raping a 77-year-old woman,with the court observing that the case was a glaring example that “no woman is safe,whatever her age”.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sanjeev Kumar convicted Bhola Aadivasi,a rickshaw puller from Madhya Pradesh,for raping the elderly passenger who is “more than the age of his grandmother.”

The incident took place on March 11 last year. “This conduct of the convict can create shockwaves among the thousands of other women passengers… they will be afraid of travelling alone by public transport in a city like Delhi,” the ASJ said.

The prosecution alleged that Bhola used a cloth sprayed with a substance to make the woman unconscious and took her to a secluded spot at Japanese Park to rape her. Bhola has also been convicted for injuring the woman and criminal intimidation.

“This case is a glaring example that no woman is safe,whatever her age. In this case,prosecutrix is an old lady,77 years of age,whereas the convict is just 22-years-old. Thus the prosecutrix is more than the age of his grandmother. But even then this has not deterred the convict from committing rape of a helpless and old lady,” the ASJ said.

The judge said the act of the convict was so “ghastly and inhuman” that it cannot be condoned and lighter thus a sentence cannot be imposed.

“Therefore,in my view,Bhola is not only required to be punished with a severe sentence,as he committed such a heinous crime… but the court is also required to send a message to all such persons,so that it would deter them from doing such things. Both these goals can be achieved through proper sentencing,” the ASJ said.

The court noted that Bhola not only raped the woman but also beat her up,because of which she was hospitalised for days.

The victim had come to visit her sister in Rohini. While going back,she took the rickshaw to go to Rohini Metro station. The police said two persons found her weeping in the bushes of Japanese Park on the next morning,and they took her to her house,from where she was taken to the hospital.

At the time of sentencing,Bhola sought leniency,saying he was an illiterate person and “did not know the consequences of the act.” He said his entire life was ahead of him. He said he was the sole breadwinner,and had old parents and a younger brother to look after.

The ASJ,however,refused his plea,saying,“In my

view,the convict deserves no leniency,despite the fact that

he is a young man of only 22 years and has old parents to look after.”

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