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HC upholds 7-year sentence to man for raping minor step daughter

Posted on Feb 13, 10:36AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12: The Delhi High Court today upheld the seven year jail term awarded to a man by the lower court for raping his minor step daughter who became pregnant seven years ago.

Holding the testimony of the victim as truth, Justice SP Garg said that this needs no corroboration and sentenced the accused to serve seven years of jail term.

Justice Garg dismissed the appeal of Suresh (name changed), a resident of Saraswati Vihar area who appealed against the trial court order and awarded seven year jail sentence to him.

The court accepted the public prosecutor's argument that the sole testimony of the minor girl who was at that time 15-year-old and was a reliable witness needs no corroboration and said that the order on sentence requires no modifications as the offense committed by the accused on his step daughter is very heinous, the court said.

The court affirmed the sentence awarded by the trial court and said that the appellant violated the dignity and honour of the child aged about 15 years who was unaware of the consequences of the act.

The court dismissed the appeal of the man saying it lacks merits.

According to the prosecution the accused had raped his step daughter, a class-IX student in January 2006 and it came to light when she got pregnant.

The prosecution said that the man took advantage of the situation when the victim's mother was away from home. The accused is also said to have extended threats to his daughter in case she disclosed the facts to anyone.

The HC upheld the conviction of the man under sections 376(rape) and 506(criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal code(IPC) and sent him to seven years of imprisonment.