A local court on Friday convicted a retired Armyman of raping three minor girls,holding him guilty of showing obscene pictures to the girls to sexually exploit them.
The court of additional district and sessions judge Sanjay Sandhir held 59-year-old Nand Kishore guilty under sections 376,377 and 294 of the IPC and convicted him of the rape of minor girls that had taken place on September 6 last year.
The accused,who retired in the category of person below officer rank (PBOR) from Army,was booked at Sector 20 police station for raping the three minor girls at his residence in the city. He was charged with having shown obscene pictures to the minor girls and later raping them and calling them to his residence on the pretext of giving them toffees and money. Police had also registered a case against him for telling the children not to report their exploitation to their parents.
However,the court acquitted him of the threat charges that were slapped against him under Section 506 of the IPC. He was also acquitted under sections 6 and 7 of the Child Protection Act for harassing the children.
The defence counsel had contended that a false case was levelled against Kishore and the parents of the girls had taken some money on loan. When the retired Armyman went to take back the money from them,they levelled false allegations against him. Kishore had been living alone at his house while his other family members had been living at Rewari. The three girls were the neighbours of the accused.
The prosecution had earlier recorded the statements of the three girls. One of them was studying in third class. The girls had confirmed that the accused had raped them and had shown them obscene pictures before sexually exploiting them.
The medical reports had,however,not confirmed any rape and the prosecution had relied on the statement of the victims as evidence in the case. The defence counsel had also argued that the conduct of the accused was nice and in the lawn of his house he had got a temple constructed where the local residents also used to come and offer prayers.