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Man sentenced for rape, cheating

Jorhat, July 9: The court of the assistant district and sessions judge (Jorhat) has sentenced a person to eight years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 after finding him guilty of rape and cheating a woman from Majuli.

Judge Khogen Dohotia after convicting Pabitra Kalita, 26, a mason, under Section 376 (rape), sentenced him to eight years’ rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 2,000 in default of which he will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment for another three months.

Convicting him under Section 417 (cheating) of the IPC, the judge sentenced him to two years’ rigorous imprisonment.

Both the terms will run concurrently. After the pronouncement of the judgment, Kalita was sent to Central Jail, Jorhat.

The case relates to September 2009 when a woman (then 20 years old), of Sakala village in Dakhin Ahotguri under Garmur police station in Majuli, lodged a complaint with the Jorhat superintendent of police alleging that she was raped several times by Kalita.

He hails from the same village as her and lured her with the promise of marrying her.

She alleged that Kalita often visited her house in the absence of her family members and developed a physical relationship with her. He then fled after a few months. Later, when she looked for him and found him after a few months, he again assured her that he would marry her. The woman alleged that Kalita, later, went back on his promise again. In the meantime, she got pregnant and gave birth to a girl.

A case was registered at Garmur police station in this regard and police investigation nailed Kalita for developing physical relations with the victim by giving her false assurances of marriage, and charged him with rape and cheating.

During the trial, Kalita did not deny having a physical relationship with the victim, but denied having given any assurance of marriage to her. The judge found the accused guilty on both the charges and sentenced him.

Additional public prosecutor D. Hazarika led the charges against the accused while lawyer Indrajit Kakoty defended Kalita.