State Asked to Pay Rs. 10 Lakhs as Compensation to the Victim Within a Month

Port Blair, Jan 20: A Special Court (POCSO) in South Andaman presided by the Hon’ble Special Judge (POCSO) Shri. Raja Chatterjee, today on 20.01.2022 sentenced a 49 years old man, a resident of Dhanikhari Village, with the life conviction who committed repeated rape upon his own daughter in Special Case No. 29 of 2019.

Pronouncing the order on Thursday, Special Judge (POCSO) of South Andaman District observed that “father is fortress and trustee of his daughter, in the instant case, the said father by way of betraying the trust and by taking undue advantage of the trust reposed in him by the daughter ravished the chastity of his daughter and jeopardized her future prospect. The plight of the victim / survivor and the shock suffered by her can be well visualized. The victim girl / survivor with efflux of time would live the traumatic experience and will always be haunted by the memory of unfortunate incidents”

The case dated to 25.04.2018 when the victim girl made complaint that she was staying with her parents and her father on repeated occasions committed rape upon her and whenever she used to miss her periods, her father used to force her to consume pills likewise lastly in the month of April 2018 once again she conceived and was given with pills to terminate pregnancy but the pills could not work and she was taken to a Private Hospital where it was detected that she has half abortion, thus the matter was referred to G.B. Pant Hospital and there she has to undergo MTP for half abortion. The victim being frightened, thereafter, gathered courage and rushed with all papers and narrated the atrocity underwent by her to the then Pradhan of Humfrygunj. Thus the case was then registered against the accused father and accused mother. The mother was booked as she failed to report about the commission of the offence inspite of having knowledge.

The Humfrygunj PS took up the investigation and chargesheet was filed against accused persons under relevant section of IPC and POCSO Act. The prosecution examined 12 witnesses and after full dress trial the accused mother was acquitted from the charges but the father has been sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life for the offence punishable under Section 6 of POCSO Act and was also liable to pay fine of Rs. 2,00,000/- and he was further sentenced to suffer to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years with a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for the offence punishable under Section 315 of IPC in default to suffer rigorous imprisonment for 06 months.

The victim who is now under the care of a Shelter Home is being awarded a sum of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs only) as compensation which will be paid by the state within a period of one month. The trial was conducted by Ms. A.S. Zinu, Special Public Prosecutor on behalf of the State. The instant news item is in compliance with Section 23(2) of POCSO Act which prohibits publishing the identity of the victim and her parents.