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Rape of a minor: Two men sentenced to life imprisonment in Punjab

Believed to be the first judgment of its kind in the country after the amendment in the anti-rape laws, a Punjab court on Tuesday sentenced two men to life imprisonment till death for a minor’s rape.

Additional district and sessions judge J.S. Bhinder in Hoshiarpur town sentenced Daljit Singh and Amarjit Singh to ‘undergo imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of the convicts’ natural life’.

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs.50,000 each on both the convicts. They were also sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. Both sentences would run concurrently.

Both the men have been convicted for the rape of a five year girl in a village in Hoshiarpur district, 150 km from Chandigarh.

Legal experts said that this was the first judgment of its kind in the country in which the convicts had been sentenced to life imprisonment till natural death under the tough anti-rape laws introduced by home ministry after the 16 December, 2012 Delhi gang rape.

The court of judge Bhinder in February delivered the verdict and sentenced a man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment within 48 working hours of the matter coming up before it. In another rape case, the same judge delivered the verdict within three days after fast-tracking the matter.

In the case involving Daljit Singh and Amarjit Singh, the court decided the matter in over 100 days and invoked provisions under the tough anti-rape law.

The victim, a five year old, had gone missing from her house in Ibrahimpur village 18 Febuary. Her mother traced her to the house of village resident Daljit Singh. The mother found the child being sexually molested by the two men.
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