A local court in Rajasthan gave the verdict in this case (signal photo)
A local court in Rajasthan on Tuesday sentenced a college teacher to life imprisonment for raping a 17-year-old Dalit girl student in 2016. The court also sentenced the principal and the hostel warden to six years in jail for abetting the girl’s suicide.
In fact, the daughter of a primary school teacher in Barmer district of Rajasthan was found dead inside a water tank on the roof of her college. Her parents alleged that a teacher raped her, and accused the college authorities of trying to hide the crime by signing a statement in defense of the teacher.
Other accused got 6-6 years imprisonment and 20 thousand fine
The district court in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district convicted Pragya Prateek Shukla, the principal of the college, his wife Priya Shukla, the warden of the hostel where the victim lived, and physical education teacher Vijender Singh, who had raped the victim. Pragya Prateek Shukla and Priya Shukla were sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rs 20,000 each for abetment to suicide. Main accused Vijender Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs 20,000 each.
Now the High Court will go against the decision
After the court’s decision, the victim’s lawyer Anwar Ahmed said that justice has been delivered after a long time of five years. Vivek Sharma, representing the Shukla side, said he would appeal against the decision in the Rajasthan High Court. He said that we believe that there was no concrete evidence to convict my client.
convicted under these sections
Singh has been convicted of abetment to suicide, kidnapping, rape and under sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. Pragya Prateek Shukla and Priya Shukla were convicted for abetment to suicide and under SC/ST and POCSO Act.
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