3 convicted for Dalit minor's rape
Express news service Posted online: Tue Jan 10 2012, 04:04 hrs
Ahmedabad : The Ahmedabad District (Rural) Sessions Court today
convicted and sentenced three persons to varied jail terms for raping
a minor Dalit girl from Bavla village for more than a year. Five other
accused were acquitted.
The court of Judge P C Thaker also slapped fine of different amounts
on the trio, totaling Rs 26,000. Half of the amount of the fine has
been ordered to be paid to the victim as compensation.
Mohabbat Malek was awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment while
Jignesh Dave and Hayat Khan Malek were sentenced to seven years and
two years' imprisonment respectively.
According to Special Public Prosecutor in the case Nayana Bhatt, the
victim had run away with Mohabbat Malek in November 2006. After
keeping her for some time, Mohabbat with the help of others sold her
off to some persons who raped her repeatedly. During her stay with
Mohabbat also, Bhatt said, the girl was subjected to cruelty and was
given a very harsh treatment.
In the meantime, her father had lodged a complaint of missing with the
Bavla police station. She was subsequently traced from Surendranagar
district following which she lodged a complaint against eight persons.
After conducting the trial, the court convicted three of them while
observing that the girl's ordeal and the fact that she was raped for
around 13 months cannot be denied and that the offence showed the
falling moral standards of society.
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