A district sessions court gave a teenager, convicted of raping a six-year-old child in July 2016, the maximum prison term of 20 years on Tuesday. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on him. Although the convict was above 16 years of age at the time of the incident, though younger than 18 years, considering the heinous nature of the crime, Gurgaon juvenile justice board (JJB) had earlier declared him an adult and referred the case to the sessions court.
Since the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act was amended in January 2016, this was one of the first cases where a court convicted a juvenile tried as an adult. So far, juveniles who were declared adult have been convicted in six cases in the city, that involve dacoity, murder, snatching and now rape.
While awarding the punishment, additional sessions judge Rajni Yadav observed that this was a heinous crime in which a six-year-old child was brutalised, so there was no scope for leniency. Advocate Anju Rawat Negi, who provided legal help to the survivor and her family to fight the case, said the judgement was a rare one in Gurgaon’s history.
The crime took place on July 7, 2016. While her parents were away at work, the child had gone to a nearby temple around 4pm, but returned weeping half-an-hour later, bleeding from her private parts.
During the hearing, the survivor narrated her story before the court. Her cross-examination could reveal nothing contradictory. She also clearly identified the accused. Her statement, police investigation and forensic evidence proved crucial in the conviction. “There is no penal sentence sufficient to make up for such heinous crime,” said advocate Negi.