New Delhi: A 25-year-old youth was on Thursday sent to jail for seven years by a Delhi court for repeatedly raping a girl after inducing her on the pretext of marriage.
A special fast track court, constituted to try the cases of sexual offence against women, convicted Anil Kumar relying on the "consistent, reliable and trustworthy" statement of the 19-year-old girl and also imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 on him.
"While considering and analysing the entire prosecution evidence, this court has come to the conclusion that all the oral, circumstantial and scientific evidence has proved that the accused Anil Kumar committed offence of abduction....And committed sexual intercourse with the prosecutrix forcibly against her will," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) T R Naval said.
The court said that out of the fine amount imposed on Kumar, Rs 6,000 would be paid to the victim as compensation.
According to the prosecution, Kumar was a tenant in the house of the girl for about 3-4 months and, thereafter, he had shifted in another house in the same locality.
The police said they had developed friendly relations and on March 16, last year, Kumar gave her allurement of marriage and took her to Jalandhar in Punjab assuring that after meeting his mother, they would marry each other.
Kumar kept the girl in a rented room there and raped her and he later on disclosed that he was already married, the police had said, adding the girl insisted on returning to her parents but Kumar did not take her to them for about six months.
It said that on her repeated insistence, Kumar took her to her maternal uncle`s house at Sonia Vihar here in September last year. The father of the girl came there and an FIR was lodged against Kumar on the basis of the girl`s statement.
After registration of the FIR, Kumar was arrested by the police and during the trial in the case, he had told the court that before March 16, last year, he had been residing alongwith his maternal uncle in the girl`s house and during his stay, he developed friendship with her.
He had told the court that the parents of the girl wanted him to marry her but he refused as he was already married.
Kumar had claimed that he had not committed any offence, saying that he took the girl to Jalandhar as she had threatened to commit suicide and implicate him in a false case.
The court, however, convicted Kumar while relying on the evidence placed by the prosecution.
"The evidence on record and particularly discussed here in above (judgement) has proved beyond suspicion and reasonable doubt, that accused committed sexual intercourse with the prosecutrix forcibly against her will and without her consent," the judge said.