Thursday, November 12, 2020

One sentenced for 25 years rigorous imprisonment under POCSO Act

Port Blair, Nov 11: On Friday, 06th November, 2020, the Hon'ble Special Judge (POCSO) Shri Raju Mukherjee has convicted one accused person namely Ram Sevak Lohar, resident of Ongi Tirkey, Hut Bay, Little Andaman under POCSO Act for committing sexual assault against his stepdaughter then aged about 15 years. The Hon'ble Court after conducting trial found him guilty and sentenced him to suffer 25 years of rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs. 1,00,000/- in default of payment of such fine further one year of imprisonment.

The case was initiated by the victim girl aged about 15 years it was averred that she and her younger sister used to reside with her mother and in the year 2010, her father expired. The mother of the victim remarried to the accused person in the year 2016 and he used to reside with them in the same house. During the absence of the victim's mother and younger sister, her stepfather used to sexually assault her on several occasions. Due to such sexual assault, she conceived and delivered a baby. The said incident was disclosed to concerned Police Station and on the basis of the complaint, a charge sheet was filed against the said accused. The prosecution examined vital witnesses and after conclusion of trial, the Hon'ble Court found the accused guilty of the offence.

The Hon'ble Court also awarded compensation for rehabilitation of the victim girl to the tune of Rs. 8,00,000/- (Rupees Eight Lakhs only) in terms of Section 7(4) & 7 (5) of POCSO Rules, 2012 and further advised the A&N Administration to release the compensation within 30 days. The trial was conducted by Ms. A.S.Zinu, Special Public Prosecutor on behalf of the State.

This is the first time in the history of A&N Islands, an accused person was convicted for 25 years of imprisonment in a sexual assault case. The landmark judgment will be set fear among the culprits, which would curb the sexual assault against minor children.

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