Two brothers, aged 19 and 21, were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for raping an 11-year-old girl in Ghaziabad for seven months. The girl recently gave birth to a boy fathered by the elder of the brothers, the prosecution said.
The two convicts, Pradeep Kumar (21) and Dileep Kumar (19), were tenants at the house of the girl, said police officers. They started raping her on January 15, 2022, and kept doing so until one week before the First Information Report in this case was lodged on September 5, 2022.
The FIR was lodged after the girl’s mother noticed her unusually bloated abdomen and tested her with a pregnancy kit. The pregnancy was also confirmed later by doctors at MMG Hospital, said the prosecution. The Ghaziabad police expedited the chargesheet and submitted it before the court on September 27, 2022 while the court framed charges two days later against the two.
“A medical test confirmed that the girl was 36 weeks pregnant. Her parents gave a police complaint in this regard and an FIR was registered for gangrape and also under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) Act. During the course of the trial, the girl delivered a boy and after her family refused to take it, the newborn was handed over to the child welfare committee. The entire trial was completed in 105 days and both convicts were awarded life imprisonment and a penalty of ₹50,000 each by the Pocso court,” said Harish Kumar, special public prosecutor (Pocso).