SRINAGAR — A court here on Wednesday awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to a 42-year-old man convicted of raping a minor girl here in 2012.

The Court of 2nd Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, Renu Dogra Gupta, also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 to the convict, Irshad Ahmad Malik of Kokernag Anantnag (presently at Anchar Soura) for the commission of the offence under section 376 RPC.

“In case of default in payment of fine, the accused shall further undergo simple imprisonment for a period of six months,” the court said as per the verdict and ordered him to be lodged in Central Jail Srinagar to serve the sentence. However, the court said, the custody undergone by the convict during the investigation, inquiry and trial of the case, shall be set off against the sentence of imprisonment.

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According to the prosecution, police received a complaint from the father of the victim that he took his daughter for a check-up after she complained of abdominal pain and upon tests by the doctors, she was declared to be having a child in her womb.

The complainant said that upon enquiry by him and his wife, the minor disclosed that the person who resides in their neighborhood as a tenant, Irshad Ahmad Malik, raped her several times.

Subsequently, a case (FIR No. 33/2012) under Section 376 RPC was registered in Police Station Soura and the investigation culminated in the filing of the chargesheet under Section 376 RPC on June 23, 2012. Subsequently, the trial ensued and culminated in the conviction of the accused.

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