Life imprisonment awarded to man for raping 11-year-old


A man was awarded life imprisonment for raping his own minor relative on Wednesday by a local court in Dhubri. Atul Biswas raped an 11-year-old minor girl, who happened to be his own relative, in Assam in August 2021 at Ramnathpara under the Tamarhat police station. The order was passed by P Kataki, Additional Sessions Judge and Special Judge POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act), Dhubri.
“Before parting with the judgement, with deep concern, we may point out that though all sexual assaults on female children are not reported and do not come to light yet there is an alarming and shocking increase of sexual offences committed on children. This is due to the fact that children are ignorant of the act of rape and are not able to offer resistance and become easy prey for lusty brutes who display the unscrupulous, deceitful, and insidious art of luring female children and young girls. Therefore, such offenders who are a menace to the civilised society should be mercilessly and inexorably punished in the severest terms,” said the order of the Special Judge (POCSO).
“Accordingly, convict Atul Biswas is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life and a fine of Rs 1 lakh, in default another rigorous imprisonment for one year under Section 6 of the POCSO Act,” the order of the Special Judge (POCSO) further said.
Uttam Kumar Sarkar, the Special Public Prosecutor, said that the case was first registered at Tamarhat police station and later it was registered in the Special Judge (POCSO) court, under Section 376-AB of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the POCSO Act.