Karnataka: 10-year jail for youth who kidnapped, raped minor | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A special court for Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (Pocso) in Tumakuru on Tuesday held a 26-year-old man guilty of abducting and raping a 16-year-old girl in 2014 and awarded him 10-year rigorous imprisonment.
A Lakshmana, resident of Nelagunte village near Tumakuru, also has to pay a fine of Rs 40,000. Besides Lakshmana, police had arrested and chargesheeted six others, including his father and other close relatives on charges of illegal detention of the girl. However, the court acquitted them.
Lakshmana, who was 20 and a first-year commerce degree student then, abducted the girl on April 3, 2014. He knew the girl for some time and had befriended her. At 6am, he kidnapped the girl when she came out of her uncle’s house. He took her to a close relative’s house, locked her up there for seven days and raped her. Police, who had registered a kidnap case, rescued the girl and arrested Lakshmana.
“The girl’s parents had filed a complaint and based on their statement, we arrested Lakshmana. Later, based on the girl’s statement, we nabbed six others, including Lakshmana’s father. They knew the conspiracy and helped Lakshmana in illegally detaining the girl,” police said. The accused, except Lakshmana, got bail the same year. Lakshmana got conditional bail in 2015. “The judgment was announced at the 72nd hearing. Ten eyewitnesses, including police and doctors, deposed on behalf of the girl and the case was presented by public prosecutor Gayatri Raj,” police said.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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