Life term to father for raping minor daughter
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Last Updated: Monday, January 23, 2012, 18:36
  
New Delhi: A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his minor daughter for over three years with the court terming his offence as "too heinous" and "committed in total disregard to moral and social values."

Additional Sessions Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on convict Tek Bahadur against whom his teenaged daughter herself had lodged the FIR last March.

"The offence committed by the convict is more serious in manner that he did not even spare his own daughter. Instead of protecting the prosecutrix being the biological father, the convict in total disregard to moral and social values went on ruining her life by committing immoral act of highest order.

"It is evident that convict treated prosecutrix only as an object to fulfill his sexual desires. The offence committed by convict is too heinous and, therefore, he does not deserve any leniency," the judge said.

The court sentenced Bahadur to life imprisonment and fine of Rs 25,000 for the offence under section 376 (rape) and jail for five years and fine of Rs 5,000 for the offence under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. The court said both sentences would run concurrently.

The girl had, on March 21, last year, informed the police that her father has been committing rape on her repeatedly for about two to three years.

She said her father raped her under the influence of liquor and alleged he "assaulted and threatened" her not to reveal the incident to anyone.

Bahadur, who was arrested a day after the lodging of the FIR, pleaded innocence before the court, saying he was falsely implicated in the case by her daughter and his in-laws due to a family dispute.

The court, however, rejected his claim, saying, "The plea of the accused for false implication has no merit or substance as no daughter would put her honour as well as honour of her family at stake".

The court said in "sensitive" cases like rape, evidence of the victim is enough for conviction.

"It is well-settled legal position that if the statement of prosecutrix is credible and trustworthy, it requires no corroboration and conviction can be recorded on the sole testimony of the prosecutrix," the judge said.

The court noted the girl "has convincingly and confidently stood through the test of cross?examination and there was nothing on record to contradict or disprove her statement".

Awarding life term to the convict, the court said, "The offence complained is that of rape and most painful part is that the prosecutrix is daughter of the accused.

"The offence of rape involves ravishment of a woman, not only in terms of her body and emotions, but it also amounts to ravishing her soul. The sanctity and dignity of a woman is degraded by this immoral act and the trauma travels throughout her life," the judge observed.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 18:36


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