Kasaragod man gets life term imprisonment for raping minor
Kasaragod: Kasaragod native VS Ravindran, accused of raping a 4-year-old girl has been sentenced for life term imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced by Kasaragod District Additional Sessions Court.
This is the first verdict in the state after the amendment of the POCSO Act. The court had found the man guilty the other day and pronounced the quantum of punishment on Wednesday.
The incident happened on 2018 October 9. The accused raped the minor who came to his house to play. This is the first convict in a case under amended sections of POCSO Act that came into force on 2018 April 21.
Sessions court judge P S Sasikumar also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the accused V S Raveendran
"The accused has been sentenced to life imprisonment till death under Section 376 AB of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," the judge said.
Section 376 AB of the IPC deals with the punishment for raping woman under 12 years of age.
It says, whoever, commits rape on a woman under 12 years shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years, but which may extend to imprisonment for life, which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine or with death.
The prosecution brought 22 witnesses during the trial of the case, presented 23 documents. The charge sheet was submitted by DYSP Harish Chandra after the case was registered in Bedakam police station. Prakash Ammannaya was present for the prosecution.
(With PTI Inputs)