Youth gets 10 years in jail for raping minor

A youth has been jailed for 10 years by a Delhi court for kidnapping and raping a minor girl to compel her to marry him.

Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on UP native Raju Kumar Verma, saying his crime was “unpardonable”.

13-yr-old kidnapped

The court held Raju guilty of kidnapping the 13-year-old girl from here and taking her to Ballia in UP, noting that he was an “old player” and had eloped earlier also with a girl, who had died in mysterious circumstances after giving birth to two children.

The court sentenced Raju, saying it is a matter of “national concern” that cases of allurement and elopement of young girls and their sexual exploitation are rising.
“Of late, instances of young girls of impressionable age are being lured and sexually exploited,” the court said.

The prosecution said Raju was living near the victim’s house at Nithari village in north-west Delhi, and was working as a mason here.

He began courting her since September last year, writing letters to her to say he was in love with her, police said.

He lured the girl into accompanying him. Raju took her to a railway station here, from where they went to Ballia.

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