Man gets life term for raping daughter's minor friend

New Delhi A 43-year-old man has been sent to jail for life for raping a 15-year-old girl, who was a friend of his daughter, with a fast-track court upholding that rape is the most hated crime as it is against the basic human right of a woman.

Fast-track court judge Virender Bhat held Surya Prakash guilty of raping the minor, saying his act calls for a "very harsh punishment" as he had raped the friend of his daughter making the crime "more abominable".

"I am of the opinion that the convict does not deserve any leniency. It may also be noted that while sentencing a rape convict, the impact of his crime upon the victim as well as upon the society, as a whole, are also to be kept in mind.

"Sexual assault not only disturbs the entire psychology of a woman and pushes her into a deep emotional crisis but also has a deep impact upon the society at large. Rape is a crime against the basic human right of a woman and hence the most hated crime," Additional Sessions Judge Bhat said.

According to prosecution, the victim, a class XII pass out, had run away from her native village near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh as her brothers wanted to fix her marriage and came to Delhi in April 2011.

She had got acquainted with Prakash's daughter who took her to her father at a farmhouse in west Delhi where he was working as a caretaker, it said.

On August 12, 2011, Prakash raped her when his daughter had gone out of city to meet her brothers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. He had then dumped her near New Delhi Railway Station where the police noticed her and she was shifted to Nirmal Chhaya Complex in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

During her stay there, she had disclosed her ordeal to the officials and a complaint was filed against Prakash, it said.

The court, while sentencing him, said the victim would have never thought that the man whom she considered as her protector, would turn out to be a monster.
Story First Published: January 31, 2013 18:40 IST

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