Odisha: POCSO Court awards lifer to man, 20 years RI to wife in minor rape case

Cuttack: The special POCSO court in Cuttack on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to a man and 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) to his wife in a case of minor rape in Odisha. As per reports, the two were the accused persons of a case in which a minor girl had been kidnapped from Satichoura area under Bidanasi Police limits of Cuttack city in Odisha in 2019. She had been kept at a place out of Odisha and was raped for several days. In this case the couple has been convicted by the Court.

The two accused persons who were convicted today are Amit Bindhani and his wife Asha Lohar.

As per reports, on July 18, 2019 the couple had kidnapped the minor girl from Sati Choura area of Cuttack. They had taken her to Tata Jamshedpur in an intention to sell her. There the minor girl was kept for 8 days and Amit raped the 10 year old minor girl for 8 days. His wife Asha Lohar helped him in this crime.

Reportedly, the couple was living in an Apartment in Satichoura area while the minor girl was living in a slum. The couple had kidnapped the girl after intoxicating her. The then IIC of Bidanasi Police Station Laxmi Narayan Tiwari had visited Tata for investigation of the case. It was learnt that there were such other allegations against the couple in Tata also.

Issuing the verdict in this case, today Cuttack POCSO Court awarded life imprisonment for Amit and 20 years rigorous imprisonment for his wife Asha. Also, the convicted woman will be given additional six months imprisonment in case she doesn’t pay the fine.

On the other hand, the Court also directed for a sum of Rs 5 lakh compensation for the victim. It will be carried out through the District Legal Services Authority. Out of the Rs. 5 lakh, a sum of Rs 3 lakh will be kept as fixed deposit in the name of the victim girl while the rest Rs 2 lakh will be given to her parents.

The Court awarded the sentence after taking into account 20 numbers of evidences and after examining 12 witnesses.

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