Observing that the injuries caused to the girl were “very extensive”, the Delhi High Court on Monday awarded life imprisonment to a 24-year-old for raping a three-year-old.
On October 13, the court of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Mukta Gupta had overturned Sujeet Kumar’s acquittal by a trial court and convicted him.
The court also awarded a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to meet the expenses of treatment the child, now five years old, is still undergoing.
The incident took place in October 2012. Fifteen days later, Kumar was arrested, incidentally while trying to “lure” a two-year-old girl. During questioning, police said he confessed to have raped the three-year-old girl.
Police had found stains of the victim’s blood on Kumar’s clothes. The child, who had not been able to give a proper statement to the magistrate at the time of the incident, had identified the accused in court.
But the fast track court for sexual offences in Dwarka had observed that it was “highly improbable” that the accused was wearing the same blood-stained clothes 15 days after the incident and dismissed the statement of the child. It had acquitted the man on the grounds that the evidence did not prove him guilty beyond doubt.
The High Court, however, held that the trial court’s reasons for disbelieving the victim’s testimony were “fallacious”.
Kumar, who was not present in court, was represented by his father and lawyer. He has been directed to surrender before police.
Additional public prosecutor Ashaa Tiwari and the lawyers for the victim had sought maximum punishment for the accused. “The family is very relieved after the verdict. They were extremely disheartened by the acquittal, but this bench was extremely receptive to our arguments,” said advocate Utkarsh Saxena of IProbono, which represented the family of the victim.