Non-local convicted for kidnapping, raping minor Srinagar girl

A fast-track court here on Saturday held a resident of Bihar guilty of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar in 2015.

“This court is of the considered opinion that prosecution has beyond any reasonable doubt succeeded in establishing its case fully, by way of reliable and clinching evidence and the documents placed on record have been fully proved and exhibited during trial, on the basis of which, no conclusion other than guilt of the accused stands established, as such accused is liable to be convicted for the offence punishable under Sections 363 and 376 of RPC,” said Renu Dogra Gupta, 2nd Additional Sessions Judge (Fast Track Court pertaining to rape cases).

“This court accordingly convict the accused namely Santosh Kumar Paswan son of Saider Paswan, resident of Lalpora Bhim Nagar Bihar in the case FIR No.32 of 2016 of Police Station Kralkhud Srinagar for the commission of the offences punishable under Sections 363 and 376 of RPC,” the court said as per judgement, as per Srinagar-based news agency GNS.

The court is likely to announce quantum of punishment next week.

The police had filed the charge-sheet against Paswan regarding kidnapping and rape of the minor girl (name withheld) in 2016.

According to prosecution, on 1 September 2016 a complainant was lodged with the police of Police Station Kralkhud to the effect by girl’s father that in his house a person namely Santosh Kumar Paswan was doing mason work and after completing his work at his home, he often used to visit his house.

The complainant said his daughter (name with-held) was missing from her house and that he is having strong doubt that she has been enticed.

During the course of search, the girl and kidnapper were found riding on a motorcycle near Humhama and going in suspicious condition towards Airport, the prosecution said.

Subsequently, the prosecution said, they were apprehended and brought to Police post Humhama. The motorcycle, Air Tickets of accused and prosecutrix from Srinagar to Delhi were seized, the prosecution said.

The medical examination of the prosecutrix (girl) was conducted by a doctor who has reported that in the womb of the prosecutrix a fetus of about 10 weeks and 6 days is present.

Actually, the prosecution said, the accused used to go to her home and after taking benefit of minority and immaturity of the victim, the kidnapper had established illegal terms with the girl.

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