Assam man sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter

sentenced to 20 years

Women’s violence has been on the rise for decades, causing severe mental trauma. In a similar case, a 35-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Court in West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, for repeatedly rapping his 14-year-old stepdaughter.

The accused, identified as Bhawani Chetry, is a resident of Assam‘s Biswanath district. The accused was also fined Rs 5,000 by West Kameng POCSO Special Judge Tageng Padoh on Thursday.

Chetry was sentenced to one year in prison under section 506 of the POCSO Act for ‘criminal intimidation’ under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), with a fine of Rs 2,000 added to his sentence. Meanwhile, he will be sentenced to an additional six months in prison if he does not pay the fine.

Chetry raped the victim – a Taksang residential school student – almost thrice between March 2020 and April 2021 in three different locations, according to a PTI report.

Meanwhile, Chetry had threatened to kill the girl if she revealed the incident to her mother. The survivor, on the other hand, told her friends, who then told the authorities at the residential school. Based on the survivor’s complaint, the accused was apprehended in April 2021.

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