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No country for women
Minor’s abductor gets 5-year RI

- Voice of the voiceless

Guwahati, Dec. 18: Expressing concern over the rise in crimes against women, a trial court in Guwahati sentenced a man to rigorous imprisonment for five years for kidnapping a 17-year-old girl.

The accused allegedly committed the crime in a fit of passion.

While passing the order yesterday, additional district and sessions judge Gautam Baruah said offence against women is increasing by the day and the court has to play a deterrent role to prevent such incidents.

Convicting accused Dhiren Saikia under Section 366 IPC (kidnapping/abduction), the court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

In case of default in payment of the fine, he will have to undergo simple imprisonment for another two months.

The accused, who stayed in a rented house near the victim’s residence, had kidnapped her in the early hours of November 3, 2002, when she was on her way to tuition. After the incident, her father lodged a complaint at Chandmari police station.

Later in the day, police found the girl at the ancestral house of the accused at Sipajhar in Darrang district and arrested Dhiren.

The court decided against showing any leniency to the accused, saying, “The offence for which he is convicted is of very serious nature, having great impact on the family of the victim as well as on the society”.

“Due to the seriousness of the offence and its social impact, I am not inclined to give the benefit of Section 3 and 4 of the Offenders of Probation Act and Section 360 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” the judge, in his order, said.

Section 3 of the Offenders of Probation Act confers powers on courts to release certain offenders after admonition, while Section 4 of the act empowers courts to release certain offenders on probation of good conduct. Similarly, under Section 360 of CrPC courts can order the release of certain offenders on probation of good conduct.

“In my view, rigorous imprisonment of five years and a fine of Rs 5,000 would meet the ends of justice in this case,” the judge said.

The concern expressed by the court over rise in crimes against women was proved absolutely right by the year-wise figures of such crimes in the records of the Assam police.

According to the police records, kidnapping of women or girls in the state has gone up from 1,456 in 2005 to 2,998 in 2011. Similarly, the number of rape has increased from 1,217 in 2005 to 2,011 in 2011 while the number of molestation has gone up from 899 in 2005 to 1,446 in 2011.

In the trial of this particular case, the prosecution examined eight witnesses.

During the trial, the victim told the court that she was forcefully taken by the victim in an autorickshaw when she was on her way to tuition, and when she tried to raise an alarm, he threatened her with dire consequences, claiming that he has contacts with Ulfa members.