CSA in the News | 18th April

1] Court frees man who eloped with minor
NEW DELHI: A youth who had eloped with a minor girl and had married her against their families’ wishes has been set free by a Delhi court, with a judge terming their case as a “love affair gone wrong.”

ASJ Kamini Lau convicted Rohit Kumar Dass(27) for kidnapping the girl but acquitted him of rape charges. “The convict (Rohit) is a young boy with no criminal background. …justice would suffice if Rohit is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for the period already undergone i.e. five months and 20 days and fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC,” the judge said. The girl (16) had gone with Rohit on her own accord and they were residing as husband and wife from November 2007 till February 2008, the court said.


2] Rape victim dies after suicide bid–

JAIPUR: A 16-year-old Dalit girl who attempted suicide by setting herself on fire after she was allegedly raped at Jasti Ka Bagh village in Sikar district succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.

She had sustained 60% burns and was being treated at SMS hospital since April 3. The family staged a dharna outside Vidhan Sabha and are demanding ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh. After sustaining more than 60 % burns, Suman, a Class VIII student, was admitted to the burns ward of SMS hospital on April 3. Meanwhile, as the doctors tried hard to bring her back, her parents had a hard time lodging an FIR against the accused.

On Tuesday morning, the doctors informed Girdhari Lal that his daughter was no more. Later, the infuriated family members alleged that the police were harassing them and were not allowing them to take back the body as they had staged a dharna in front of the Vidhan Sabha.


3] Two held in Nirma student rape case

AHMEDABAD: Two youths have been arrested by Sarkhej police in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old engineering student of Nirma University.

Sarkhej police said that the main accused Vinay Garg, 18, who is also an engineering student at Nirma University, has been arrested for abduction and rape whereas his accomplice, Shiva Tomar, who works in a hotel, has been arrested for playing a supporting role in the incident. Vinay had raped the girl at a resort near the university campus and then chopped off her hair in a fit of rage before abandoning her. Sarkhej police also searched the resort’s room where the crime took place and collected samples of hair and body fluids from the room. “The samples will be sent to FSL for analysis. The evidence may help us link the accused to the crime,” said Sarkhej police.