Golaghat, April 24: The court of sessions judge, Golaghat, has sentenced Tilak Gogoi, 63, accused of molesting a Class III girl, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.
The accused was asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000. In case he was unable to pay the amount, he would have to undergo rigorous imprisonment of another five years. The sessions court judge, T. Lohar, pronounced the verdict on Tuesday.
The victim was a student of Jatiya Vidyalaya at Krishnaswami Gaon in Merapani under Golaghat district.
She was a hostel boarder for about two years at the residential school and the accused was the cook at the hostel.
According to police, Gogoi started to sexually harass the victim after the summer vacation in 2011 and threatened to kill her if she disclosed the matter to anyone.
The victim had reported the matter to a teacher, Rupa Saikia Borbora, but she allegedly did not take any action.
The police said the accused used to molest the victim daily by calling her to his room on the pretext of giving sweets. When the victim fell ill, her paternal grandmother brought her back to her residence in Golaghat.
As her condition deteriorated at home, she was admitted to Kushal Konwar civil hospital here, where she narrated the whole incident to her family members. On September 14, 2011, her aunt Lucky Bordoloi lodged an FIR at Merapani police station.
The police registered a case under Sections 376 (F) of the IPC and submitted the chargesheet.
Another case was also registered under Section 201 of the IPC, which deals with causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen offender, against Borbora.
The court said the accused had committed rape on a minor victim under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 201 and the offence had been proved beyond reasonable doubt.
However, the court did not find sufficient evidence against the other accused Rupa Saikia Borbora under Section 201 of IPC and therefore acquitted her of the charge.
The court said since the victim had lost a year of her education, the amount of fine realised from the accused should be given to the victim as compensation.
Public prosecutor Durga Prasad Jaiswal represented the prosecution side, while advocates M.K. Buragohain and P.K. Dutta defended Gogoi.