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4-yr-old helps nail tormentor

A fast-track court on Thursday sentenced a youth to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years for raping a minor girl in a Ranchi village last year.

The conviction of Dilip Sahu (26) became possible after the four-year-old victim appeared before judge Seema Sinha and gave a statement during a closed-room trial.

Prosecution lawyer Mamta Shrivastava said the child was returning to her Hundru village home from an anganwadi centre on February 13, 2012, when Sahu — a neighbour whom she lovingly called mama (uncle) — took her to an isolated place, raped her and dropped her back home.

“The matter came to light when the child complained of pain and her mother registered an FIR with Doranda police,” Shrivastava said, adding that the victim had identified her tormentor at one go from a group of five.

The fast-track court was inaugurated by SC judge Justice M.Y. Eqbal, after the December 16 gang rape in Delhi, for early disposal of cases related to crime against women.