New Delhi: A man, accused of selling a girl to a brothel here after abducting her, has been sentenced to ten years in jail by a Delhi court which also awarded three years imprisonment to a woman for running prostitution business.
Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja handed down the ten-year jail term to one Ishraful, who had brought a girl from West Bengal to Delhi on the false promise of marriage but had sold her at a brothel here.
While relying on the testimony of the victim, the court said "it has been established from evidence that after bringing the girl to Delhi, Ishraful sold her at a brothel and to my mind her testimony established the charge under section 366 (abducting a woman to compel her for marriage) of IPC beyond reasonable doubt."
The court, which noted that the girl who identified Ishraful in court, was one of the 10 victims rescued from the brothel, also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.
According to the prosecution, on June 25, 2012, a raid was conducted at a brothel in G B Road red light area here in which the police rescued 10 girls and arrested four women - Pooja, Padma, Chanda and Raziya - for sex trade.
While relying on the testimony of another victim, the court sentenced Pooja to three years imprisonment for the offence of running prostitution business under Immoral Traffic Prevention Act. It also convicted Raziya for the offence but she was absconding.
"It is borne from victim's statement that a brothel was being run by Pooja and Raziya. Her statement to the effect that Raziya used to force her and other girls into prostitution is unrebutted," the court said.
The court, however, acquitted Chanda due to lack of evidence against her saying, "mere identification of Chanda by one of the girls can't by any stretch of imagination be said to prove any of the allegations against her."
The court noted that Chanda was a sweeper at the brothel and lived with her son and both of them were HIV positive patients.
It also directed that adequate compensation to all the victims should be decided by the DLSA.
"I recommend payment of adequate compensation to the victims in this case as per CrPC. Quantum of compensation to be awarded under victim compensation scheme shall be decided by DLSA," the judge said.