POCSO courts on Friday sentenced two men to prison for repeatedly kidnapping and raping underage girls in Rajasthan’s Bundi and Jhalawar districts.
Siyaram Meena (26), a resident of the Khanpura area of Jhalawar, was given a life sentence for raping a 17-year-old girl in the Hindoli Police Station area of Bundi three years ago. The court also fined him Rs 2.15 lakh.
Meena had kidnapped the girl from her grandmother’s house in May 2019 and held her captive and repeatedly raped her for three months, prosecutor Rakesh Thakur said.
In August, Hindoli police rescued the girl and arrested the accused, who was later released on bail.
Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) court judge Salim Badar on Friday found Meena guilty of kidnapping, sexual exploitation and rape under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act.
The court ordered Rs 2 lakh of the fine to be handed over to the victim as compensation.
In a separate conviction, a Jhalawar court sentenced 23-year-old Bhagwan Singh Tanwar to 20 years in jail for kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl in December 2019. He was also fined Rs 65,000 by the court.
The girl’s father filed a police report on December 4, 2019, and the girl was rescued from Bhilwara district after two months on February 12, 2020, while Tanwar, a resident of the Bhalta Police Station area in Jhalawar, he was arrested.
POCSO Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Verma found Tanwar guilty of kidnapping and rape under the IPC and POCSO Act sections.