Rape victim turns saviour for man who married her

A rapist-cum-kidnapper facing a possible life term as maximum punishment has escaped with a six-month jail term with the victim turning his saviour by marrying him.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

New Delhi: A rapist-cum-kidnapper facing
a possible life term as maximum punishment has escaped with a
six-month jail term with the victim turning his saviour by
marrying him and pleading to the court to take a lenient view
against him for her sake.

Additional Sessions Judge Nisha Saxena imposed milder
punishment on Vishnu from Rajasthan taking into account the
victim`s pleadings that he realised the enormity of his crime
as she began weeping after her rape and he instantly decided
to marry her to atone for his crime.
The judge also took into account her pleas that she was
not only married to him now but also had 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
at the outset and decided not to contest the trial.

"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 Indian Penal Code prescribes a minimum of seven
years in jail for a rapist while the maximum punishment is
life term.

"It has been contended by the counsel for the convict
that he is aged about 24 years. He has also contended that
after realising his fault, the convict married the victim and
was residing as husband and wife and is having a small baby",
noted the court.
"That the convict is the sole bread-earning member of
the family and he has to look after his old and ailing
parents, wife and a small baby and there is nobody to look
after his family, he has urged the court to take a lenient
view," the ASJ noted.

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