MYSURU: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Special Court on Monday sentenced three youths to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl in 2016.
Nadeem Pasha (22), Tanveer Pasha (20) and Saddam Hussain (24), all residents of Udayagiri, have been given 20 years jail term and have been fined Rs 50,000 each. In case of default of fine payment they have to undergo six months additional jail term. They were also sentenced to five years in jail for kidnap her. The prison sentences will run concurrently.
Public prosecutor MS Manjula confirmed TOI that the trio was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment under IPC section 376 (D) for raping a minor girl on November 14, 2016. She was kidnaped from Udayagiri and then taken to a ‘dhaba’ on a Bengaluru-Mysuru highway in a scooter. The trio then forcibly gang raped and threatened her not to disclose the incident to anyone.
Special court judge BS Jayashree convicted the trio for kidnapping and gang raping the minor girl. The judge also ordered a compensation of Rs 7 lakh under the state government’s Victim Compensation Scheme and directed District Legal Services Authority to facilitate in this regard, stated the public prosecutor.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)