New Delhi: A man has been sent to jail for 10 years for gang-raping a 19-year-old girl by a Delhi court which also convicted and awarded seven years imprisonment to two women for kidnapping and forcing the victim into prostitution.
Additional Sessions Judge M C Gupta held 24-year-old Delhi resident Anwar guilty of gang-raping the girl along with two others, who could not be arrested, wrongfully confining, causing hurt by giving poison and selling her for flesh trade.
It also convicted Delhi resident Sushma, 28, of the offences of criminal conspiracy, wrongfully confining the victim and causing her hurt by giving poison.
The third convict 49-year-old Mercy Serroa, a resident of Mumbai, was held guilty of criminal conspiracy, causing hurt to the girl by giving her poison and wrongfully confining the victim for more than three days under IPC and for throwing her into prostitution under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
The court awarded 10 years jail to the man and seven years imprisonment each to the two women.
It said the prosecution has proved that in August 2007, Anwar, Sushma and Mercy had conspired with one other accused to abduct the girl from near her house here by giving her sedatives-laced juice with an intention to sell her to Mercy.
After abducting the girl, Anwar and Sushma took her to his uncle`s residence in Shahjahanpur in UP where Anwar and his uncle, along with one other absconding accused, gangraped her repeatedly, the court noted.
Thereafter, they took her to Mumbai and sold her to Mercy for the purpose of prostitution. Mercy kept the victim confined in a house and used to beat her and also used to send the girl to several customers for the purpose of flesh trade, the court said.
On finding an opportunity, the girl called her brother who went to Mumbai and brought her back to Delhi in September 2007 after which the matter was reported to the police and an FIR was lodged.
While holding the trio guilty in the case, the court relied on the girl`s statement in which she had given details of her trauma.
The court rejected the contention of the accused that they were falsely implicated in the case and there were no injury marks on the girl`s body.
"The period of alleged incident is from August 6, 2007 till September 9, 2007 when the girl was brought to Delhi and her medical examination was conducted on September 11, 2007.
"It was not a case of recent sexual intercourse activity. Moreover, non finding of injuries on the body of the girl does not falsify the case of the prosecution which is otherwise proved on record by clear, cogent and convincing evidence," the court said.