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Man convicted of rape,though ‘victim’ claims to be his wife

MuzaffarnagarA local court sentenced the husband to seven years imprisonment on charges of raping the girl,who prayed the court that they were living as man and wife.

Written by Agencies | Muzaffarnagar | Published: February 19, 2009 2:19:12 pm

Four years after a couple eloped and got married,a local court sentenced the husband to seven years imprisonment on charges of raping the girl,who was then a minor,overturning her plea that they were living as man and wife.

Sudhir Kumar had eloped with a sixteen year-old girl of Muzaffarnagar in December,2004. The girl’s uncle filed a case against Kumar,claiming that his niece had been raped by him.

Additional sessions judge J P Singh yesterday sentenced Kumar on charges of raping a minor,despite the girl stating in court that she had married him and was living with him as his wife. PTI CORR DV SMK 02191412 DELHI Welcome to Google Talk! parokar is online right now,but is busy (busy friends have a red dot). Try clicking on “Call” above to make a call. Type below and press the Enter key to send an instant message.

parokar: SHOE-TRIAL Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at Bush goes on trial Baghdad,Feb 19 (AFP) The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US former president George W Bush went on trial amid high security today with his lawyers set to argue that the remarkable protest was lawful.

Muntazer al-Zaidi won global fame when his footwear whizzed past Bush’s head on December 14 as the then president was making a farewell visit to Iraq before leaving the White House.

The reporter faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty of assaulting a foreign leader,the charge levelled against him by prosecutors for the dramatic gesture that was hailed across the Arab world.

Zaidi arrived in the courtroom wearing an Iraqi-flag tied round his neck as a scarf,khaki-coloured jacket and a black shirt.

High security measures were in place,with cars being checked and all electronic equipment being taken off people heading into the hearing.

“It is a historic test for the Iraqi justice system,” one of the journalist’s brothers,Uday Zaidi,told AFP outside the court.

“If he is released it will show that the justice system is independent and he will be a hero. But if he is condemned it will bring shame on the system.”

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