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Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: Special Court in Cuttack under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has awarded 20-years rigorous imprisonment to one Karunakara Kandi for raping a minor girl in Dharmasala on April 21, 2014.

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.

“Honourable court has awarded him greater punishment under 376 2I of Indian Penal Code (IPC). In case the accused fails to submit the fine of Rs 10,000, he will have to serve five-years more imprisonment,” informed government advocate Ramesh Mohanty.

The girl, who belongs to Nishintakoili police limits in Cuttack district, had gone to her aunt’s house in Dharmasala on April 13, 2014 to watch Ram Navami Yatra.

The minor girl was alone at her aunt’s home on April 21 where she was raped by Karunakara.

Initially, the girl was mum on the incident after the accused threatened her for life but later when her health condition deteriorated, she revealed everything before her parents. Later her family filed a complaint in the police station.

A Special Court in Cuttack under POCSO Act took cognizance of all the reports, witnesses and medical reports before pronouncing the verdict.

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