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Life term to youth for raping 77-yr-old

New Delhi: A 22-year-old youth has been sentenced to life term for raping a 77-year-old woman in the capital by a Delhi court which observed that the case was a glaring example that "no woman is safe, whatever her age". Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sanjeev Kumar refused to show any leniency to Bhola Aadivasi, a rickshaw puller who hails from Madhya Pradesh, and convicted him for raping the elderly woman passenger who is "more than the age of his grand mother" on March 11, last year.

"This conduct of the convict can create shock waves in the thousands of other ladies passengers, whether they are safe in city like Delhi to go alone while commuting by different modes of transport like the rickshaw," the ASJ said. "This case is a glaring example that no woman is safe, whatever her age. In this case, prosecutrix is an old lady of 77 years of age, whereas convict is of the age of just 22 years. Thus the prosecutrix is more than the age of his grand mother. But even then this has not deter the convict to commit rape with a helpless and old lady," the ASJ said.

The court also convicted Bhola for injuring the woman, hurting her by means of poison and criminal intimidation. The court said the woman passenger sat on the rickshaw trusting she will be dropped to her destination but Bhola had "different?intentions" and used a cloth containing poisonous or stupefying substance to make her unconscious and took her to a secluded place to commit the crime.

The judge said the act of the convict was so "ghastly and inhuman" that it cannot be condoned and lighter sentence cannot be imposed. "Therefore, in my view Bhola is not only required to be punished with severe sentence, as he committed such a heinous crime with the woman, but court is also required to send a message to all such persons, so that, it could deter them to do such things. Both these goals can be achieved through proper sentencing," the ASJ said.

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