Seven years RI for rape

Balasore (Odisha): A 45-year-old married man was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years for raping a minor girl in Chakasartha village under Singla police station in Balasore district.

Additional Session Judge Debjani Das while convicting the accused, Sapan Mandal, on Wednesday also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 for raping the 12-year-old girl and making her pregnant.

Non-payment of the fine would entail an additional jail term of six months.

According to the prosecution, the girl was raped by Mandal in her house when her family members were not present on June 15, 2003.

The girl was thereafter repeatedly raped and the incident came to light only when the girl became pregnant. Her mother lodged a complaint with the police.