Youth jailed for 10 years for raping infant

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.