Youth gets 2 yr jail for trying to rape colleague

youth held guilty of trying to rape a woman, a Delhi court has sentenced him to two years in jail

New Delhi: Considering clean antecedents of a
youth held guilty of trying to rape a woman, a Delhi court
has sentenced him to two years in jail for an offence that
entails a minimum jail term of seven years.

"The convict is admittedly a young man with no criminal
past. He is convicted for attempt of rape. Keeping in view the
mitigating as well as aggravating circumstances in the present
case and also the weak financial status of the convict, I,
hereby sentence the convict to undergo rigorous imprisonment
for two years..." said Additional Sessions Judge Mamta Tayal,
while sentencing construction worker Deepak.

Deepak was held guilty of trying to rape a fellow worker
at a construction site near Delhi Cantt in the wee hours on
July 25, 2010.
According to the prosecution, Deepak had caught hold of
the victim when she had gone to relieve herself and as she put
up resistance, Deepak punched her in her eye. He also
assaulted the victim`s husband, who came to her rescue, with
an iron rod.

The victim`s medical report corroborated her claims of
assault.

The court rejected Deepak`s contention that the victim`s
husband had attacked him with a burning log of wood objecting
to him playing music in the night and that he had in self
defence hit him and his wife back with the same log. The court
found that there were no burn marks on Deepak`s body or on
that of the victim or her husband.

Deepak`s counsel pleaded that he be released on the basis
of imprisonment already undergone for being a victim of
circumstances, but the court rejected his plea.

PTI

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