Punjab minor's two rapists get jail for life

Sep 03, 2013, 19:12 IST | Agencies

Believed to be the first judgment of its kind in the country after the amendment in the anti-rape laws, a Punjab court Tuesday sentenced two men to life imprisonment till death for a minor's rape

Additional District and Sessions Judge J.S. Bhinder in Hoshiarpur town sentenced Daljit Singh and Amarjit Singh to "undergo imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of the convicts' natural life".

Punjab minor's two rapists get jail for life

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs.50,000 each on both the convicts. They were also sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. Both sentences would run concurrently.

Both the men have been convicted for the rape of a five year girl in a village in Hoshiarpur district, 150 km from Chandigarh.

The victim, a five year old, had gone missing from her house in Ibrahimpur village Feb 18. Her mother traced her to the house of village resident Daljit Singh. The mother found the child being sexually molested by the two men. Both of them were later arrested by police and charged for rape and other offences.

Court acquits man in rape case after he marries girl

Meanwhile, a man has been acquitted of the charges of raping an 18-year-old girl by a Delhi court after he married her and accepted their child, born out of their love relation.

Additional Sessions Judge T S Kashyap freed the north-east Delhi resident noting that the girl turned hostile and told the court that she was in love with the accused and had maintained physical relations with him but when he refused to marry her, she lodged the rape case against him.

"Keeping in view the fact that the girl herself has not confirmed her allegation of rape and threat by the accused in her examination in the court...she has specifically deposed that she was in a love affair with the accused...But when the accused refused to marry her, she reported the matter to police.

"Now her marriage with the accused has been solemnised. He has also accepted her newly born child and now she is living in his house with his (first) wife and that she does not want to proceed with this case, the prosecution has failed to prove the charges against the accused and, therefore, the accused is entitled for acquittal," the court said.  

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