A Special Court in Palghar, Maharashtra, has sentenced a 42-year-old man to serve life imprisonment for raping and impregnating a class 9 student.
AU Kadam, the Judge at the Special Court, convicted the 42-year-old man under the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act or the Indian Penal Code.
Judge Kadam also asked the 42-year-old man to pay Rs. 1,000 in fines.
The 42-year-old man is married and is the father of 1 child.
The man committed the rape in August 2016. He raped the girl, who was a class 9 student at the time, on different occasions while his son and husband were not home.
Additional Public Prosecutor Jayprakash Patil said that the man is the neighbor of the class 9 student.
Judge Kadam rejected the plea that was submitted by the legal representative of the 42-year-old man.
Judge Kadam said, “The offense committed by the accused was disgusting and heinous against the girl who was a minor and intellectually weak. Therefore, the act of the accused does not deserve any leniency.”
The incident came to light when the class 9 student became pregnant.
The rape survivor will also be helped by the District Legal Services Authority.