Rape victim turns saviour for her tormentor who walks free

A man convicted for rape and abduction and faced life term as maximum punishment was senetnced to six months imprisonment by a Delhi court which also freed him setting off his punishment against earlier detention.

Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi: A man convicted for rape and
abduction and faced life term as maximum punishment was
senetnced to six months imprisonment by a Delhi court which
also freed him setting off his punishment against earlier
detention with the victim turning his saviour and pleading to
the court to take a lenient view against him.

"The period of detention already undergone by him
earlier during investigation, inquiry or trial may be set off
against the sentence awarded in this case," ruled Additional
Sessions Judge Nisha Saxena while imposing a six-month jail
term on convict Vishnu, a native of Rajasthan, on each of the
charges of rape, kidnapping and drugging the woman in Delhi.

The judge had mercy on convict, taking into account
the victim`s pleadings that he (convict) realised the enormity
of his crime as she began weeping after her rape. He later
married her.

The judge also took into account her pleas that she was
not only married to him now but also has a son out of the
wedlock while her in-laws love her and she does not want
another trauma in her life.

The court also noted that the accused had pleaded guilty
during the trial and decided not to contest it further.

"Keeping in view the aforesaid facts and circumstances
of the case, taking a lenient view as the convict has married
the prosecutrix and is having a small child, I sentence the
convict with simple imprisonment for six months," the judge
said.

She sentenced Vishnu to 6 months simple imprisonment for
each of the charges of rape, kidnapping and drugging her and
ruled that all the jail terms would run concurrently.

The case dates back to 2005 when Vishnu, living in Delhi,
along with co-accused Rajesh, had kidnapped the victim while
she was on her way to see her sister.

He forcibly administered an intoxicant to her, confined
her in a room where she raped her and kept her in his custody
from December 27, 2005 to February 3, 2006.

PTI

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