New Delhi: A 20-year-old youth has been sent to jail for seven years by a Delhi court for raping a minor girl with the help of one of his friend who allegedly recorded the whole incident on his mobile phone.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on convict Vikram after holding him guilty for raping the minor girl here last year.
The case against Vikram`s friend, arrested for allegedly recording the incident, was transferred to Juvenile Justice Board as he was a minor.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Neena Bansal Krishna held Vikram guilty of the offence, relying on the testimony of the 15-year-old victim and forensic evidence.
"The comprehensive reading of her (victim`s) testimony would show that she has been consistent in her evidence about being raped by the accused. Her testimony is fully corroborated by the mobile clipping and by report of the CFSL, the genuineness of which has not been challenged by the accused (Vikram)," the court said.
According to police, an FIR was lodged on a complaint by the victim who said that on July 21, last year, she had gone to look for her paternal uncle in his house at Bapu Dham here but there she met Vikram and one of his friend, who both were under the influence of liquor.
The prosecution said Vikram caught hold of the girl and took her to a nearby vacant house where he raped her.
It said the entire incident was recorded by Vikram`s friend on his mobile phone and the victim was threatened that if she made any disclosure, she and her mother would be killed. The victim did not disclose the incident to her family but on July 27, last year, one of her family members informed her mother about the obscene video, the prosecution said.
When her mother inquired about the clipping, the victim disclosed everything about the incident after which an FIR was registered and both the accused were arrested, it said.
During the trial, Vikram`s counsel argued that the mobile clipping indicated that the girl was a consenting party and there was no question of any kind of threat having been extended by his client to her.
The court, however, sentenced Vikram observing that the incident had "marred" the minor girl`s psychology for her entire life.
"The trauma of the victim is clearly brought forth from her own testimony, wherein she had stated that after the incident not only her name from the school had been deleted, but she was also being compelled to stay with her relatives after the occurrence of this incident," the judge said.