Darjeeling, Oct. 11: A court today sentenced a 56-year-old man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor, and while rejecting his plea for clemency said any leniency would “amount to leaving the unprotected girls at the mercy of the wolves in society”.
The sentencing of Bir Bahadur Subba today coincided with the first International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the UN. In the strongly-worded order, additional sessions judge Madhu Sudan Dutta said: “Consideration of the prayer of clemency as prayed for by the convict would amount to leaving the unprotected girls at the mercy of the wolves in society.”
He said the rape of a minor causes her “irreparable injuries”. The injuries “received on her child mind will haunt her for the rest of her life and shall put her in a traumatic state of mind”, he said. “Rape is not only a crime against the person of the prosecutrix, it is a crime against the entire society. It destroys the entire psychology of a woman/girl and pushes her into deep emotional crisis. It is a crime against basic human rights and is also violative of the victim’s most cherished fundamental right to life,” the order said.
The judge termed Subba a “psychologically sadist person” and directed him for psychological treatment during the detention.
The court also fined Subba Rs 10,000. If he doesn’t pay the amount, he will be detained for six more months. Subba, a resident of Avongrove tea garden near Sukhiapokhri, had raped the 10-year-old girl in his neighbourhood on June 12, 2006. Vinod Agrawal, public prosecutor said: “Bir Bahadur Subba had taken the girl to a nearby forest at Avongrove and raped her.”