Fast-track court hands man 10-yr jail for rape

Three weeks after it was set up, a fast-track court has sentenced a 21-year-old youth to 10 years imprisonment for raping his physically challenged neighbour and threatening to kill her if she discloses the incident to anyone.

Additional Sessions Judge Mahesh Chander Gupta sentenced Rajesh, a resident of Outer Delhi and an electrician by profession, to ten years in jail and a fine of Rs 20,000 for raping the handicapped girl after trespassing her house in October 2009.

This is the first sentencing by this court set up on January 2 after it was designated as one of the five fast-track courts for trying sexual offences against women early this month.

According to prosecution, on the night of October 2, 2009, Rajesh entered the victims's house, raped her and criminally intimidated her by threatening to kill her, the judge noted.

Rajesh's counsel had pleaded for leniency saying he has aged parents, a brother and two sisters to look after. The prosecution, however, had sought strict punishment for him saying he had committed a grave offence of rape that too on a handicapped girl.

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