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7-year RI for Bokaro rapists

Two youths were convicted and sentenced in two separate rape cases by a Bokaro court on Monday.

Judge Babita Prasad awarded the duo seven years of rigorous imprisonment and set a precedent for rape cases in the future.

The first convict, Sundeshwar Mahto (32), had raped his 21-year-old neighbour in Bangaria village Chandankyari block on June 5, 2012.

Mahto reportedly took advantage of the young woman when she was alone at her residence. She kept raising alarm till her mother arrived along with other neighbours and caught hold of Mahto.

He was locked up in a room and police were informed.

However, by the time police arrived, Mahto had dismantled the mud wall of the room and escaped only to be arrested a few days later from one of his relativeís house.

The other case is a classic example of protector turning predator. A 29-year-old private tutor raped his 18-year-old school student and later dumped her in a bush.

According to prosecutor Rakesh Rai, teacher Jitu Prasad had called up the victimís mother on March 12, 2103, to enquire why the girl had not turned up for her coaching class.

Desperate, Prasad later came all the way to the victimís house in Azarnagar locality of Bokaro steel city along with another man and took the Class XII student with him on the pretext of taking her for tuition.

But, instead of taking her to the class, Prasad forcefully ferried the girl towards Bokaro steel city station where he raped her and later dumped her in a nearby jungle.

The Azadnagar resident then called upon her parents and registered a complaint at Maraphari police station.

The Bokaro court has set an example for other courts across the state that are sitting on rape cases.

According to National Crime Records Bureau, more than 7,500 women have been raped in the state since its formation in 2000. Of them, as many as 500 are minors, said a police officer.

In Ranchi, a fast-track court was set up last year for the speedy disposal of such cases.

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