STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Principal Sessions Judge Reasi Kamlesh Pandita on Friday awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 10,000 to Rakesh Kumar, son of Sheru Ram, resident of Taryal Bhambla, Tehsil and District Reasi who was facing trial in rape case. As per Challan, on July 18, 2011, complainant Satya Devi, wife of Parkash Raj, resident of Bagote Jagir, lodged a written report to Incharge Police Post Pouni narrating therein that on July 7, 2011 at about 2:00 PM, her unmarried daughter aged 20 years (prosecutrix, name withheld) who is illiterate, had gone to fetch water from nearby spring adjacent to the house of her nephew Naresh Kumar. The prosecutrix went there but did not find Naresh Kumar and his wife. Accused Rakesh Kumar was sitting in the verandah, who told her to come inside the house for a minute and the moment she went inside the room, she was raped by the accused and was threatened not to tell the same to anybody and also bolted the door from inside. Sunita Devi, who was passing from nearby, on hearing hue and cry reached the spot and thereafter accused fled away. On this complaint, a case under FIR No.122/2011 came to be registered under Section 376 RPC and the investigation was set in motion.
After hearing both the sides, the court observed that for commission of offence under Section 376 of RPC, the convict Rakesh Kumar shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for seven years and a fine of Rs.10,000.
Court also recommended that compensation in terms of Victim Compensation Scheme, as on date, may be granted to the victim-prosecutrix. “A copy of this judgment shall be forwarded to the Chairman District Legal Service Authority Reasi”, the court observed.
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