12 years in jail for man who raped step­daugh­ter

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SHIMLA: A Hi­machal court on Thurs­day sen­tenced a 55-yearold man to 12-year im­pris­on­ment for rap­ing his step­daugh­ter and im­posed a fine of ₹25,000. The or­ders were passed by spe­cial judge LD Sharma.

The ac­cused had mar­ried the vic­tim’s mother af­ter her hus­band died a few years ago and the three were liv­ing to­gether. The 12-year-old girl had al­leged that her step­fa­ther sex­u­ally as­saulted her for the first time on July 7, 2015 when her pregnant mother was hos­pi­talised for her de­liv­ery.

The girl fur­ther said that ac­cused again abused her on the in­ter­ven­ing night of July 14 and July 15, 2015. She then told her aunt about the in­ci­dent, who then went to the po­lice. A case was regis­tered un­der Sec­tion 376 of the Ipcand relevant sec­tions of the POCSO Act.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted, the po­lice had put up a chal­lan in a spe­cial court.

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