Youth jailed for 10 years for raping infant

Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:04

New Delhi: An 18-year-old youth has been
sentenced to ten years in jail for raping a five-month-old
girl with the court expressing anguish at the "ghastly and
inhuman act" of the convict.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau said the case
"where the five-month-old girl was subjected to unwanted
physical contact by a perverted male adult, was a glaring
example of the growing menace of sexual abuse of young
children."

The court sent north-west Delhi resident Sonu to jail for
raping the infant, who was also his distant relative.

"The infant aged five months in the case was a soft and
vulnerable target. Sonu has taken advantage of a helpless and
defenceless child who could not even try to escape or express
herself and was an easy and vulnerable prey.

"She must have undergone immense physical pain and agony
when the offence was committed. In spite of the tender age of
the infant, the convict went on to commit the ghastly,
abominable, inhuman and barbaric act of rape, violating the
person of the infant and giving a lifelong trauma to her
family," said the court.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Sonu and
stipulated that, if recovered, the amount should be paid to
the infant`s mother as compensation. It said the extent of
brutality which the convict inflicted upon the child was
evident from medical evidence.

According to the prosecution, Sonu, in June last year,
came to the house of infant`s maternal grandmother and took
her away with him saying he would leave her at her own house
with her mother.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:04

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