Bilaspur. The court has sentenced a youth - who kidnapped and raped a 15-year-old minor one and a half years ago to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine.
According to court sources, the couple living in the Hiri area earn their living by doing daily wages. They went to work on November 3, 2019. They had a 15-year-old daughter and two other children at home. When the parents returned home in the evening after work, their 15-year-old daughter was not in the house. Two other children said that they saw her going towards the old house. The parents searched the old house with the relatives but found nothing. On November 5, 2019, they wrote a report in the Hiri police station about their daughter being lured away by an unknown youth.
The police started investigating after establishing the crime. During the investigation, the police found that Anil Kumar Sahu, Ganesh Nagar Hiri resident, has taken their daughter. Based on mobile location, police caught Anil Kumar near the Tifra bus stand and recovered the minor on November 6, 2019. When the police interrogated the minor, she informed them about the youth having a physical relationship with her under the pretence of eloping and getting married. The police arrested the youth, under sections 363, 366, 376, 4 of the POCSO Act and after sending him to jail, presented the challan in the court. After hearing the testimony of both the parties, the court sentenced the accused youth to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 500. Failure to pay the penalty will result in additional punishment.