A Kerala court on Monday sentenced a man to three life terms for the rest of his life for repeatedly raping his minor daughter and impregnating her.
Manjeri Fast Track Special Court Judge Rajesh K convicted the man for rape, aggravated sexual assault and penetrative sexual assault as well as intimidation of the victim under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act . said prosecutor (SPP) A Somasundaran.
Convict sentenced to 3 life imprisonment
The SPP said the convict was sentenced to three life terms for the offenses under the POCSO Act and the court directed that he would remain imprisoned for the rest of his natural life.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6.6 lakh on him.
Giving information about the case, the SPP said that the first incident of rape took place in March 2021 when there was no one in the house.
The prosecutor said the then 15-year-old girl had online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was studying when her father dragged her to his bedroom and raped her while no one was at home.
The SPP said that when the victim protested, he threatened to kill her mother.
Thereafter, the convict – who was earlier a teacher in a madrassa – raped his daughter several times till October 2021, when no one was at home.
When the physical classes resumed in November 2021, the victim started going to school and during that time there was some pain in the stomach, for which she was taken to the doctor, but nothing was found.
The girl complained of pain in January 2022
When she again complained of pain in January 2022, she was taken to a government medical college where it was found that she was pregnant and at that time the girl said that her father was a criminal, the SPP said.
Thereafter, the police was informed, a case was registered and the father was arrested.
DNA evidence of the girl, fetus and father collected after the pregnancy has ended
The victim’s pregnancy was medically terminated and DNA samples of the foetus, the girl and her father were collected.
The SPP said that DNA analysis proved that the girl’s father was a criminal.
He said the DNA evidence along with the statements of the victim and her mother were crucial in convicting the accused.
A senior official at the Vazhikkadavu police station, where the crime was registered, said, “The trial was speedy to ensure that the accused does not come out in the interim and influence the victim or the witnesses.”
The investigating officer of the case was Abdul Basheer.
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