Bhadrak: A special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) court today awarded 10 years imprisonment to a man for raping a minor girl in Bhadrak district in September 2013.
The court pronounced the sentence after convicting the man, Sapan Parida alias Rabindra of Paikasahi village under Dhamra Marine police station under Section 4 of Pocso Act and Section 376 (2) of the Indian Penal Code.
As per the complaint, Sapan and his associate Ranjan Parida had forcibly entered the house of the minor girl when her family members were away on September 24, 2013. Also, they had raped the minor girl. After the girl narrated the incident to her family members, her father had filed a complaint at Dhamra Marine police station the next day.
Based on the complaint, police had lodged a case and arrested Sapan and Ranjan. However, Ranjan was released on bail a few days later.
The court today acquitted Ranjan due to lack of evidence whereas Sapan was sentenced to a 10-year jail term.