Ranchi: A special Pocso and children court here on Friday sentenced three minors to life imprisonment for the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Sukhedeonagar police station area on November 25, 2018.
The fourth accused in the case was referred to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) after it was found that he is below 16 years of age. The JJB had set the juvenile free after imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 and a warning. According to an amended law, only a minor aged between 16 and 18 years can be tried as an adult at a children court.
Special public prosecutor A K Ray said, “The court of K M Prasad sentenced the convicts aged between 16 and 18 years at the time of the crime to life imprisonment under Section 376D(A) (rape by one or more persons constituting a group) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The court also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 each on the convicts with the direction that they would undergo an additional prison term of one year in case of default in payment.”
Under Sections 4 and 6 of the Pocso Act, all three convicts were also sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined Rs 10,000 each. The court also awarded two-year jail terms to the convicts under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each. All sentences will run concurrently.
Ray informed that one of the convicts, an acquaintance of the gang rape survivor’s cousin sister, deceived the girl by promising to take her to a party, but instead, took her to a lonely place where all four committed the crime. Later, a case was registered at the women’s police station in Ranchi based on a complaint of the girl.