Bhubaneswar: Balasore Additional District & Sessions judge sentenced a man to 20 year rigorous imprisonment while convicting him for committing the rape of a 14-year-old girl child three years back.
The victim girl was raped by the 28-year-old convict Augusta Singh on August 15, 2017 near her house in a village under Simulia police station jurisdiction.
The rape of the girl child had triggered public outcry. Later the crime branch wing of State police had taken up the investigation of the case.
Pronouncing the verdict yesterday on the basis of circumstantial and medical evidence, the Additional district and sessions judge Girija Prasad Mohapatra convicted Singh to 20 years of imprisonment under sections 376(rape) , 506 (criminal intimation ) of Indian Penal Code and section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
The court pronounced the judgment after cross examining 13 witnesses and verifying 28 exhibited documents, said special public prosecutor, Pranab Panda.