New Delhi: "School and college going girls
and even old ladies are not safe in Delhi," a court here said
while awarding 10 years imprisonment to a man for raping an
adivasi girl in the campus of Delhi University on the day of
Holi last year.
"The offences against women involving sexual harassment
are increasing day by day. School and college going girls and
even old ladies are not safe in Delhi. A person, convicted of
a sexual offence against a woman, should be dealt with sternly
and does not deserve any leniency," said Additional Sessions
Judge Bimla Kumari.
Vijender Kumar alias Jugnu (29), who was an employee
of Indraprastha College for Women, had raped the girl from
Jharkhand who was staying with her relatives at the servant
quarters of the college.
The man had first contended that he was being falsely
implicated and the college management was harassing him to get
the servant quarters vacated.
After being convicted, the man pleaded for lesser
punishment saying he is the only earning member in his family
which includes his wife, a less than one-year-old son and his
father who is a retired employee and a heart patient.
The court declined his plea and said crime against women
involving sexual harassment must be dealt with sternly to
contain the rising number of crimes committed against women.