Sessions court completes abduction trial in three days, accused gets 7 years

Days after a session court decided a rape case on the ninth day of trial, another Hoshiarpur court has completed trial into an abduction case in three days.

The court of Additional Session Judge Manjinder Singh on Friday sentenced Kuldip Kumar alias Deepa (23) to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping a minor girl from Possi village.

The court took up the case for trial on January 23 and charges were framed against the accused, a resident of Badesron village, under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (inducing one for marriage) and 376 (rape) of the IPC. The next day, statements of the nine witnesses were recorded. On Friday, Kuldip Kumar was convicted.

While maintaining that the girl had willingly developed physical relations with the accused, the court had dropped rape charges against the accused as the victim was above 16 and below 18 years of age.

Police said the girl had gone missing from her house on August 12, last year. After checking details of her cellphone, her father Parshottam Lal had lodged a kidnapping complaint against Kuldip Kumar and his parents. He also alleged that his daughter had taken Rs 20,000 in cash and four tolas of gold with her.

The girl was recovered on August 29 from Kuldip's custody but she refused to go with her parents. She claimed that she was above 18 years of age and had formally married Kuldip. Her school certificate showed she was 17 years old. Following this, the girl was sent her to Nari Niketan in Jalandhar.

Holding the boy guilty of taking away the minor from her parents without their consent, the court sentenced him to five years of imprisonment under Section 363 and seven years jail under Section 366 of the IPC. Both sentences will run concurrently. Also, while a fine of Rs 5,000 was slapped on him, his parents were acquitted by the court.

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