Life term till death for Sikar rapist

Jaipur, Dec 17 : As protests marked three years of the Nirbhaya gangrape where the accused are yet to be convicted, a fast track court in Rajasthan went ahead and gave a landmark judgment today by awarding life term (till his death) to a rapist for raping a minor in Sikar three months back.

A four-year-old girl, who was sleeping next to her mother on a pavement in an isolated lane near Sikar railway station, was picked up by 34-year-old Pawan Kumar Bishnoi. He was drunk. The incident occurred on September 10 this year.

He raped her and left her near a garbage dump profusely bleeding and critically injured. Her mother, a utensil seller, could not find her when she woke up around suddenly around 3:30 am. She called out others and went to the police station but neither did they lodge a complaint or look for the girl. Her mother found her the next morning in a garbage dump and again took her to the police station, where they refused to register a complaint as it did not fall under their jurisdiction.

The girl was admitted to hospitals in Sikar and then in Jaipur, She had to undergo long critical operations as she had lost a lot of blood. There was a huge outcry in Sikar town over police response and cries for their suspensions. The hapless mother was turned away by three police stations and a police chowki even after such a heinous rape. The concerned police officials were later suspended.

The accused, Pawan Kumar Bishnoi, who works in a hotel, was arrested within seven days. Bishnoi, hailed from Bikaner and was thrown out of his house by his father, who has a book shop and brother who is a doctor. He was charged under Sections 363, 366, 376(2) of IPC and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Public prosecutor, Shivratan Sharma said the the court of Judge Pawan Kumar Chander gave this landmark judgment, awarding life imprisonment till death after hearing the case from Oct 3,” He also said the judge sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for the rape survivor’s family as expenses for legal aid. They have also written to the government to sponsor the medical and educational expenses of the child.

The court conducted everyday hearings from Oct 6 onwards, hearing 20 witnesses in 10 days. The hearing was halted only during the Diwali break.

Rajasthan is known for speedy trial of rape cases. In 2006, a fast track court in Alwar had convicted Bitti Mohanty within 15 days of the complaint lodged and sent him to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. Bitti was convicted of raping a German scholar student, whom he had accompanied to Alwar for research work.

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