Pratapgarh: A POCSO court in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district, convicted the accused in a rape case and sentenced him to life imprisonment, completed the trial in ten days.
The court of Additional District Judge (POCSO Act) Pankaj Kumar Srivastava on Thursday sentenced Bhupendra to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000.
Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police Satpal Antil, who is leading the investigation of the case, said that on August 13, a minor girl was raped in Kotwali police station area.
“We immediately formed teams, and on the basis of surveillance arrested Bhupendra. On the day of the crime, the forensic team was called without wasting time and it was ensured that all the important evidence was preserved and then within a stipulated time frame, the results were conducted by the laboratory,” Entil said.
The forensic investigation has confirmed the rape of the girl. Later, the chargesheet was filed on September 3 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 on charges of rape, abduction, abduction, or coercion of a woman into her marriage.
The court had started hearing the matter on September 12.
“We got the witness examination of all the eight conducted. Bhupendra was produced in the court on 17 September.
The court framed charges against him on September 21 and delivered the verdict on Thursday.
Public Prosecutor Devesh Chandra Tripathi said that when the accused appeared to record his statement on September 17, he claimed to be a minor and produced the educational certificate before the court.
“But during investigation, that certificate was found to be a forged document,” he said.