Shillong, Dec. 2: A fast track court in the city has convicted a person to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping a minor.
While convicting Dharmendra Sinha last week, additional district and sessions judge fast track court M.B. Challam also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.
Failure to pay the fine would amount to another month of rigorous imprisonment.
Impulse NGO Network, which is working on issues of human trafficking, had lodged a complaint on the rape of the minor in May 2007.
Sub-inspector S.M. Singh, who is now in-charge of Jhalupara beat house, carried out the investigation.
According to the NGO, the minor, who hails from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, was first employed with a family in Siliguri.
The son of that family happened to be in the BSF and posted in Shillong.
It was alleged that while working in Siliguri, the minor, who is an orphan, never received any money as whatever she earned went to her aunt.
Soon after, the BSF official brought the girl to Shillong in 2006.
The NGO also said while working in this city, the minor faced a lot of hardships.
“Besides the family members of the BSF officer and the girl, there was also a constable, Dharmendra Sinha, who used to come to the officer’s house to help with cooking and other jobs,” the NGO said.
Sinha was alleged to have sexually abused the child for days.
The minor was too afraid to complain to her employers about the abuse she was going through,” the NGO said.
“She felt that nobody would believe her because they trusted Sinha more than her. The girl, therefore, kept quiet,” the NGO said.
But one day when she could not bear it anymore, she ran away from the officer’s house and somehow reached the house of the locality headman.
“The headman handed over the minor to the police, who then referred the case to us and thus, the case was registered,” the NGO added.