Kanpur: Additional Pocso Act court, Kanpur Nagar, Surendr
a Pal Singh on Monday sentenced accused Neeraj alias Jadeela to life imprisonment and also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 for physically exploiting a minor girl.
The court in its order observed that the prosecution had successfully proved its case. A sum of Rs 20,000 from the fine amount be given to the victim. If the accused failed to pay the fine, then he would have to be in jail for six more months, the court stated in its order.
Earlier, on the point of quantum of sentence, the defence counsel pleaded that the accused was an agricultural labourer and the only bread and butter earner of his family.
As this was his first offence, hence the court should take a lenient view while convicting him.
On the other hand, ADGC Bhawana Gupta submitted that as the accused had committed a heinous crime with a five-year-old girl, therefore he should be awarded harsh punishment.
According to ADGC, the father of the victim, a resident of Bighnu police circle in his FIR lodged on April 16, 2020 stated that when his wife returned from their field around 11 pm, they found that their five-year-old daughter was weeping.
When asked about the reason for weeping, the girl stated that accused Neeraj alias Jadeela had lifted her in his lap a few hours back and took her in bushes where he physically exploited due to which blood started oozing out from her private parts.
As the victim’s father lodged the report in the night, the next day the police got the victim medically examined and arrested the accused.

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