Haryana: Man sentenced to life for raping underage stepdaughter | Chandigarh News

AMBALA: A fast-track court in Ambala district under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) on Tuesday found a man guilty and sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life and sentenced him to fined 50,000 rupees for sexually assaulting his underage daughter-in-law (17) multiple times.
The court found the convict, Kanhaiya Sharma of Ambala District, guilty under Section 6 (Aggravated Penetration Sexual Assault Penalty) of the POCSO Act, and failing to pay the fine, he will face an IR for an additional six months. The Ambala Fast Track Court completed the trial of this heinous crime against a child in just about nine months.
On the complaint of the surviving daughter, Ambala Police had booked the accused under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and 376(2)(N) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at a police station in the district on June 22, 2021.
The surviving daughter told police in her complaint that her mother died on April 29, 2021.
“On May 23, 2021, while I was sleeping in the veranda of our house, my father Kanhaiya Sharma slept with me on the cot. He woke me up, grabbed my hand and took me to the room and sexually assaulted me after locking the latch on the door. He then raped me several times and prevented me from leaving the house. He raped me again on June 18 in the night,” a said the surviving daughter.
She further added that on June 22, 2021, she revealed the whole ordeal to the Sarpanch in her village, who then took her to the police station and helped her file a case against the accused father-in-law.
In its order, the court said: “Kanhaiya (stepfather of the child victim) after the death of the prosecutor’s mother, committed penetrative sexual assault on her on several occasions. The minor child was the victim of such a heinous offense at the hands of none other than his own stepfather. His act destroyed the soul of an underage girl. He unduly took advantage of the underage girl’s trust in him after the death of his mother when he was supposed to protect her dignity.”
“The convict satisfied his desire which had a detrimental effect on the child and left a permanent scar in his mind… The convict must be severely punished because he shamelessly raped his own daughter-in-law 17. Such perverse behavior by the convict deserves no leniency,” the court added.
The court also awarded compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the surviving daughter under Section 33(8) of the POCSO Act read together with Rule 7 of the Act. The case has been recommended to the District Legal Services Authority for award of compensation in accordance with established procedure.

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