Odisha: Former school headmaster gets 10 years in jail for raping students

Sundargarh: A POCSO court here today sentenced a former school headmaster to 10 years of imprisonment for raping girl students of the educational institution in 2015.

The convict, identified as Devanand Patel, had allegedly raped the victims while serving as the headmaster of Raidihi Primary School under Lephripara block of Sundargarh district.

Adjudicating the case, the court held Patel guilty and awarded him 10 years in jail.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 47,000 on him. In the case of non-payment of the amount, he will undergo an additional imprisonment of six months.

The court further directed him to provide the victims a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

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