Around 10 months after a youth raped a minor girl in Pinjore,Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurvinder Kaur on Thursday invoked the special law for prevention of sexual exploitation of children Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act to award a 10-year prison term to the accused.
Shahzad Ansari,19,who lived in Mauli Jagran and originally hailed from Ruderpur district of Bihar,was earlier booked for rape and criminal intimidation as well as beating the girl before raping her.
The court,which held him guilty for the rape under Section 376 of the IPC for which it awarded him a prison term of seven years and a fine of Rs 10,000,also slapped the additional charge under the POCSO Act and under Section 6 of the Act awarded the sentence of 10-year rigorous imprisonment as well as a fine of Rs 10,000 to him.
For slapping the girl,the court awarded the accused one-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500 under Section 323 of the IPC besides an imprisonment of two-year under Section 506 of the IPC for issuing a threat to the girl.
The court held that in case of default in payment of the fine amount of Rs 500,the convict would additionally serve the sentence of 15 days and for the default in payment of fine under section 376 of the IPC and POCSO Act,the convict would additionally undergo the sentence of six months.
The court ordered that the sentence awarded in the case would be set off from the sentence which the convict had already served.
As per the prosecution,a case was registered against Ansari on the complaint of the family of a minor girl that she was raped following which the accused was arrested and is currently in judicial custody. The case was registered on November 12,2012,on the complaint by the victims family that she was sitting alone at her home and the accused who was known to a woman running a bangle shop in her neighboruhood came to her house. The complaint noted that the accused told the girl that her mother who had gone out to fetch some wood from a nearby forest area sent for her. When she went with him,she was taken by the accused to a secluded placed near the Delhi Public School in Pinjore and was beaten up and later raped.
The prosecution said the girl was 14 years old,but the ossification test done on her had revealed her age to be between 16-18 years. The girl and her mother during their evidence in the court disclosed that the girl was subjected to rape due to which the youth was convicted.