Updated: November 1, 2017 3:18:46 am
THE SESSIONS court in Chandigarh on Tuesday convicted the two uncles of the 10-year-old girl they had raped on multiple occasions. Both convicts are brothers. One of the convicts had fathered the girl’s child, which was recently proved in the DNA-examination report given by forensic experts. The conviction was pronounced by Additional District and Sessions Judge, Poonam R Joshi. The quantum of sentence will be given on November 2.
The convicts were held guilty under Sections 376 (2)(f) (i) – being a relative, guardian or teacher of, or a person in a position of trust or authority towards the woman, commits rape on such woman; or commits rape on a woman when she is under 16 years of age – of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of the POCSO Act. Both the accused were initially subjected to separate trials. The first faced trial since August 31, while the second from October 10. After October 10, the case was listed for fast-track hearing and finally, both were declared guilty on Tuesday.
The victim’s family discovered her pregnancy on July 14 when she was taken to doctor for stomach pain. She was found in an advanced stage of pregnancy. The first uncle was arrested in July immediately after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint, accusing him of raping her daughter. Then, the victim’s family ran from pillar to post to get legal permission for abortion. They went right up to the Supreme Court but could not get the permission since the medical advice sought by the apex court from PGIMER, Chandigarh, went against it.
Finally, the victim delivered a girl at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on August 17. But the victim’s family refused to accept the newborn. So, the Child Welfare Committee took custody of the baby.
All this while the victim’s family thought her elder uncle was the culprit, but his DNA sample did not match. On re-questioning the victim, police discovered that her younger uncle, too, had violated her on several occasions. So, he was arrested on September 19. And, his DNA samples eventually matched with that of the newborn baby. The prosecution based its case on the over 150-page chargesheet and 30 prosecution witnesses, comprising investigating officers, doctors and parents of the 10-year-old girl.
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