Court orders 20 years each to 3 for raping minor girl from Muktsar
MUKTSAR: A local court on Monday convicted three persons for raping a minor girl from a village in Muktsar district. Additional sessions judge Varinder Aggarwal on Monday sentenced the three accused to 20 years’ imprisonment each for rape besides imposing a fine of Rs 80,000 each to be paid to the minor girl. They were also held guilty of abduction and sentenced to another eight years and a fine of Rs 10,000 each. Both the sentences will run concurrently.
The three accused had abducted and raped the girl, a class VIII student, when she was going to school on January 24, 2014. The police had initially not registered a rape case and was forced to act after Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union launched a protest.
Under public pressure, police had got the girl medically examined after a couple of days and added rape charge only after her sexual assault was established. During the trial, police had moved an application terming the main accused as innocent. The court, however, rejected the application.
Manpreet Singh (24) and Baljit Singh (27) were booked for rape after their arrest on February 8, 2014. Gurlal Singh (25) was arrested after over four months of the crime, after the labourers’ outfit exerted pressure on police to nab the key accused and alleged that he was being shielded.
Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union secretary Lachhman Singh Sewewala said, “For nearly three weeks, a group of farm labourers would go to the residence or the office of Bathinda range inspector general of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal along with the minor’s parents. Gurlal was finally arrested on June 2, 2014.”