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Thiruvananthapuram: A man who sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl has been sentenced to 28 years and six months of rigorous imprisonment and a Rs 60000 fine. If the culprit fails to pay the fine, another six months of imprisonment will be added.
The order was passed by the special judge R Jayakrishnan of the Thiruvananthapuram Fast Track Special Court handling cases on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
During the nine months from August 2017 to April 2018, the child was repeatedly assaulted by Poonthura native Selji (23). The girl was threatened if she discloses her trauma to others. He also burnt the girl’s leg with the silencer of the bike. The child opened up about the incident when the mother inquired about the injury seen in the private parts of the child.
The court also ordered to hand over the compensation that the defendant pays to the child. The order also says that the child should be given compensation from the government’s relief fund. Special Public Prosecutor RS Vijay Mohan appeared for the prosecution.