Cuttack: A man has been awarded a life sentence for kidnapping a 10-year-old girl and later raping her in Jharkhand in 2019.
The convict person’s wife has also been awarded 20-year imprisonment for helping him in the crime by the Special POCSO Court here.]
The convicts have been identified as Amit Bindhani and his wife Asha Lohar.
Sources said Amit and Asha had abducted a minor girl from the Bidanasi area of Cuttack town on July 18, 2019, in a bid to sell out the girl in Tata Nagar. Meanwhile, Amit frequently raped the girl with the help of his wife.
However, Cuttack police had rescued the girl from Tata Nagar and forwarded the couple to Judicial custody.
In the final ruling, the POCSO Court convicted the duos with imprisonments and cash fine. At the same time,the Court has asked the government to sanction Rs 5 lakh compensation to the girl’s parents, which will be provided through the District Legal Aid Authorities.