Golaghat, May 8: The court of assistant sessions judge, Golaghat, has sentenced Benudhar Baruah, 75, accused of raping two minors, to rigorous imprisonment for seven years.
The accused was asked to pay a fine of Rs 3,000. In case he was unable to pay the amount, he would have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another four months.
The assistant sessions court judge, Mallika Dutta, pronounced the verdict on Tuesday.
The victims were cousins and residents of Gobindpur Gaon at Merapani in Golaghat district.
According to police, on May 11, 2009, the accused, who was a neighbour of one of the victims, called them to his house to have coconut.
Keeping one girl waiting outside, Baruah took the other girl inside the house and tried to rape her. She managed to extricate herself and ran away with her cousin sister. When the victim told her mother about the incident, her cousin sister said a similar incident happened to her two days ago.
On May 14, 2009, the family members of the victims lodged an FIR at Merapani police station and the police registered a case under Sections 376 (2) (F) of the IPC and submitted the chargesheet.
The court in its judgment observed that the sexual violence is a dehumanising act and an unlawful encroachment into the right to privacy and sanctity of a woman.
The court said in this particular case, rape is alleged to have been committed on two girls aged about 8 and 9 years. While dealing with such cases, a duty is cast upon to have utmost sensitivity and it is necessary to appreciate the evidence in its totality, keeping in view the background of the entire case, and not in isolation, the court said.