Court awards 25 yrs RI in gang rape case

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 13: Principal Sessions Judge Reasi S R Gandhi today awarded 25 years rigorous imprisonment to Sunil Kumar, son of Pikha Ram and Sat Pal, son of Vishwa Nath and three years rigorous imprisonment to Revo Devi, wife of Pawan Kumar in kidnapping and gang rape of a minor girl.
After hearing both the sides, the court observed, “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. The gang-rape is an aggravated crime as it involves elements of torture and ridicule”.
“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”, the court said.
The court ordered that for the commission of offence of gang-rape punishable under Section 376 (D) RPC each of the convict namely Sunil Kumar and Sat Paul shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 25 years and a fine of Rs 10,000. For the commission of offence under Section  342 RPC each of the convict  shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year and a fine of Rs 1,000.
“It is ordered that for the offence under Section 363 RPC convict Revo Devi shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 5,000.. All the sentences shall run concurrently”, the court said.


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