Court awards 25 years RI in Gang Rape case


JAMMU, Nov 13: Principal Sessions Judge Reasi S R Gandhi today awarded 25 years rigorous impriosnment to Sunil Kumar alias Balwant S/o Pikha Ram, Sat Pal alias Matha S/o Vishwa Nath u/s 376 (D) RPC and three years RI to Mst. Revo Devi alias Parsenoo W/o Pawan Kumar in kidnapping.
According to the police case that on 12.05.2015 at 12.20 p.m father of the prosecutrix (name withheld) lodged a written report in the Police Station Reasi alleging that on 09.05.2015 in his absence Revo Devi who keeps a bad reputation in the village came to his house and taking benefit of their absence took her daughter aged 15/16 years for collecting firewood in the jungle. Prosecutrix was taken in the jungle and thereafter, Revo Devi went away on the pretext of attending the call of nature. Immediately thereafter Sunil Kumar and Sat Pal reached there and committed rape upon her one after another. When she raised alarm the accused persons threatened her.
Prosecutrix got frightened. The accused persons kept her in the jungle for whole night. After the prosecutrix was released from their custody she disclosed the whole incident in the house. In this context he on 11.5.2015 convened a meeting in the village in which the accused persons threatened him that in case he would initiate any legal action against them they will kill him. On the basis of aforesaid complaint FIR No. 67/2015 for the commission of offences under Sections 376/120-B/342/506 RPC was registered. After completion of investigation challan was presented.
Principal Sessions Judge Reasi S R Gandhi after hearing both the sides observed that rape is not just a violation of the body of a woman but it causes more severe psychological reactions than the other crimes. It leaves an indelible scar in the mind of the victim. Gang-rape is an aggregatived crime as it involves elements of torture and ridicule. It re-inforce a sense of worthlessness in the victim. Additionally, there is great deal of humiliation in knowing the other accused is also watching the rape at the same place. The foremost psychological effect of rape is emotional trauma and paranoia. The victim may experience loss of the life and the trust she had before the rape. Apart from it, isolation or ostracism from the family and community is also there. No doubt the accused have been brought to justice and this court would also recommend compensation to the victim but most importantly the victim has every right to receive the compassion, support and justice from the society in which she lives and ordered that for the commission of offence of gang-rape punishable under Section 376 (D) RPC each of the convict namely Sunil Kumar alias Balwant and Sat Paul alias Matha shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 25 (Twenty five) years and a fine of Rs.10,000/-. For the commission of offence under Section 342 RPC each of the convict Sunil Kumar and Sat Paul shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for one (1) year and a fine of Rs.1,000/-. It is ordered that for the offence under Section 363 RPC convict Revo Devi alias Parsenoo shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 3 (three) years and a fine of Rs.5,000/-. In default of payment of fine each of the convict shall further undergo imprisonment for six months. All the sentences shall run concurrently. It is evident from the record that the convict Sunil Kumar and Sat Paul were arrested on 12-5-2015 and since then they are in continous detention whereas convict Revo Devi was arrested on 12.5.2015 and released on bail on 10-6-2015. The period of detention already undergone shall be set off from the sentences awarded to the convicts. The fine imposed if realized shall be paid to the victim. JNF

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