Odisha Court Sentences Two Men to 30 Years Each for Raping 15-Year-Old Girl

Two men sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl in Odisha, highlighting the urgent need to address sexual violence against minors in India.

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Odisha Court Sentences Two Men to 30 Years Each for Raping 15-Year-Old Girl

Odisha Court Sentences Two Men to 30 Years Each for Raping 15-Year-Old Girl

A POCSO court in Odisha's Ganjam district has sentenced two men, aged 35 and 25 years, to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment each for raping a 15-year-old girl in January 2022. The convicts, who are from the same village as the survivor, abducted the girl while she was returning from a threshing yard and took her to a nearby jungle where they raped her.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the convicts, with an additional six months in prison if they fail to pay the fine. Furthermore, the court recommended a compensation of Rs 12 lakh for the survivor through the District Legal Services Authority.

The police had registered a case against the accused under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The two men have been in judicial custody since their arrest on the same day as the incident.

Why this matters: This case highlights the persistent issue of sexual violence against minors in India and the importance of swift justice in such cases. The stringent punishment handed down by the court sends a strong message that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated and perpetrators will face severe consequences.

The judge of the special POCSO court in Berhampur, while delivering the verdict, emphasized the gravity of the crime committed against the minor girl. "The convicts have not only violated the bodily integrity of the victim but also her mental and psychological well-being," the judge stated, as per the court records.

Key Takeaways

  • Two men sentenced to 30 years RI for raping 15-year-old girl in Odisha.
  • Court imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each and recommended Rs 12 lakh compensation.
  • Convicts abducted the girl and raped her in a nearby jungle.
  • Court emphasized the gravity of the crime against the minor victim's well-being.
  • Case highlights the issue of sexual violence against minors and the need for swift justice.