22-YR-OLD YOUTH SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL FOR RAPE
A local court on Wednesday sentenced a 22-yearold youth to three years rigorous imprisonment for raping a teenager in 2011. The District and Sessions Judge HM Patwardhan convicted the accused Nikhil Bhoir, of Jugaon in Navi Mumbai, under sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating) of IPC.
Additional public prosecutor SH Khapre-Goswami told the court that Bhoir and the victim, who was then aged 15, were studying in the same school.
They developed friendship and in September 2011, Bhoir invited the victim to his house and raped her, Goswami said. The victim was again raped by the accused at a friend’s place, the prosecutor said.
In the initial days, when they developed friendship, Bhoir expressed his intention to marry the victim once she turns 18.
In January 2012, the accused asked the victim, when she was 16, to get ‘sindoor’ and ‘mangalsutra’ to solemnise the marriage, but later started avoiding her, the public prosecutor added. When the victim traced Bhoir in the next month, he smeared ‘sindoor on her head and “declared” that they are married, the court was told.
There was no official marriage registered as the girl was not 18, the public prosecutor said. The court was told that Bhoir’s family members gave an assurance that they would get them married but when Bhoir did not keep his word, the victim registered the case, Goswami said.
IN THE INITIAL DAYS OF THEIR FRIENDSHIP, BHOIR EXPRESSED HIS INTENTION TO MARRY THE GIRL AFTER SHE TURNED 18.