A private school principal has been sentenced to death for raping his 11-year-old student in Patna.
The case came to light in September 2018 when the victim was found to be pregnant after she was taken to a doctor by her parents, who got worried over her frequent bouts of illness. The child then narrated her ordeal when the parents pressed her with queries.
Co-accused Arvind Kumar and teacher Abhishek Kumar had made a video of the incident and threatened the girl not to speak about it to anyone otherwise they would make the video viral.
A case was lodged at the Mahila Thana in Patna under the POCSO Act and relevant sections of the IPC.
POCSO court judge Awdhesh Kumar, who announced the verdict, said the court had to take a strong view of the matter so that it could serve as a deterrent.
The court also lauded police’s efforts to get strong evidence including DNA test reports.
Kumar was sentenced to life and slapped with a fine of Rs 50,000.
“I lived under constant threats and went out of Patna for some time as well. I am satisfied with the court verdict. It came before a day of Saraswati Puja,” the victim’s mother told reporters.
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