20-year-old Man gets 20-Year RI to Life for Sexually Assaulting Minor  

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20-year-old Man Rajeed alias Chotu gets 20-Year Rigourous Imprisonment (RI) to LIFE for Sexually Assaulting Minor, belonging to a Scheduled Caste

Mangaluru: On Wednesday, 22 June, the local district sessions court sentenced Rajeed alias Chotu, 20, to life and imposed a total fine of Rs 56,000 on finding him guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, who belonged to a Scheduled Caste.

Additional District and Sessions Judge, Fast Track Sessions Court, Srinivasa Suvarna, sentenced Rajeed to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 for the offence under Section 3(2)(v) of SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act.

The judge also sentenced him to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000 for the offence punishable under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. He was sentenced to 10 years and fined Rs 20,000 for the offence under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He was sentenced to one year and fined Rs 5,000 for the offence under Section 363 (A) of IPC and six months and fine of Rs 1,000 for offence under Section 3(1)(w)(i)(ii) of SC and ST Act. All the sentences will run concurrently, the judge said.

According to the charge sheet, Rajeeb had come from West Bengal to Hiriyadka for road work. With the assistance of five other persons, he kidnapped the girl and sexually assaulted her. The police arrested Rajeeb and five others. Special public prosecutor Y.T. Raghavendra examined 28 witnesses. The judge on June 18 convicted Rajeeb while acquitting the remaining five arrested persons.

The judge said of the Rs 56,000 fine amount, Rs 40,000 should be given to the victim as compensation. She is also entitled to compensation of Rs 5 lakh under Section 357A of the Criminal Procedure Code, the judge said.

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