Principal Sessions Judge Reasi, S R Gandhi on Thursday awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 25000 to Ranjeet Singh of village Purana Daroor (Banganga), in Reasi, in case of rape with minor on December 31, 2009, when she had gone to fetch water at Dhaba Morh, under the jurisdiction of Police Station Katra.
Observing that the victim was a poor minor girl, above 12 years and below 14 years, who was working as a maid in the house of convict, who took advantage of his dominating position and committed forcible rape upon her, the Principal Session Judge maintained that he was of considered view that the convict does not deserve any leniency.
“Keeping in view the observations made by the Apex Court, the aggravating and the mitigating circumstances, it is ordered that for the commission of an offense under Section 376 RPC, convict Ranjeet Singh shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for ten years and a fine of Rs 25,000/-.
The fine amount, if realized, shall be paid to the victim as compensation. The court also recommended that compensation in terms of Section 545-A Cr. P.C read with J&K Victim Compensation Scheme, 2013 made vide SRO 229 dated 23rd April 2013 and Schedule-I to Notification SRO 394 dated 09.09.2013, may also be granted to the victim.
The Principal Sessions Judge, after hearing Public Prosecutor Rashi Baru for the State, observed that rape is not only a crime against the person of a woman (victim), it is a crime against the entire society.
“It destroys the entire psychology of a woman and pushes her into deep emotional crisis. It is only by her sheer will-power that she rehabilitates herself in the society which, on coming to know of the rape, looks down upon her in derision and contempt.
Rape is, therefore, the most hated crime. It is a crime against basic human rights and is also violative of the victim’s most cherished of the Fundamental Rights,” he observed and added that the rape laws do not, unfortunately, take care of the social aspect of the matter and are inept in many respects