A sessions court on Wednesday convicted a 33-year-old man
for raping his sister-in-law,a minor,for nearly two years and sentenced him to 10-year rigorous imprisonment.
The convict raped the victim on several occasions and threatened to divorce her sister if she did not consent. Unable to put up
with the ordeal,the victim approached a local NGO and the case was registered with the Sewree Police Station.
According to the prosecution,the convict married the victims sister in 2009 and had been living in their residence at Sewree. As this was the second marriage of the victims sister,the accused used it as a means to blackmail the victim.
In her deposition,the girl narrated instances when the convict raped her in the house at night,and when she tried to raise an alarm,he threatened to leave her sister. While the sister,too,had given her statement to the police,the prosecution did not examine her in court,fearing that she could turn hostile. At several instances,the sister had tried to contact the victim,while the latter was in the shelter home,to urge her to withdraw the case.
The victims sister had a child and was financially dependent on the convict. And in case he was acquitted,he would stop helping her financially, said Persis Sidhva,a watching advocate in the case from NGO Majlis that works on women issues.
Public prosecutor Kiran Raykar examined six witnesses,including the victim and her school principal to establish her age.