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Kerala man sentenced to 142 years in jail for sexually assaulting minor

India Today logo India Today 01-10-2022 Akshaya Nath

A Pocso court in Kerala's Pathanamthitta has sentenced a 41-year-old man to 142 years in rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child for two years.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) court awarded the punishment to the man and said if the accused did not pay the fine, he would have to undergo another three years' imprisonment. This is the maximum punishment term awarded to an accused in a Pocso case in the district.

The man, identified as Anandan P R alias Babu, will have to serve 60 years in jail. On March 20, 2021, the Tiruvalla police filed a case against him for raping a 10-year-old child between 2019 and 2021 and sexually assaulting her in a brutal manner multiple times in the course of those two years. Babu was a relative and used to stay in the same residence with the child's parents.

The Pathanamthitta District police said, "In the case where principal Pocso prosecutor advocate Jason Mathews appeared for the prosecution, the witness statements, medical records and evidence were strong in favor of the prosecution. Harilal, who was Tiruvalla police inspector, registered the case and conducted the investigation and filed the charge sheet in court."

"...a total of 142 years of rigorous imprisonment...and a total of Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the accused for the offences listed under Pocso," said the district police.

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