Man sentenced to 10 years jail for raping niece

May 13th, 2009 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) A city court Wednesday sentenced a man to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for raping his minor niece, terming his act as “diabolic and barbaric”.
“The word ‘mama’ for maternal uncle has two ‘ma’ in it. The accused by his diabolic and barbaric acts betrayed the trust and respect reposed upon him by his real sister and his family,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma said.

The court awarded the prison term along with a fine of Rs.15,000 on accused Mohammed Zakir, 36, holding him guilty under Section 376 (rape) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

It also said the relationship of a maternal uncle and his niece was sullied by Zakir’s acts.

“In our traditional Hindu and Muslim society, be it conservative or modern, a maternal uncle commands and enjoys a great deal of respect in the family particularly from his nephews and nieces. The accused exploited his niece for his sadistic and perverted sexual needs,” the court said.

Zakir was arrested Oct 19, 2005, after a complaint was lodged with the Sarai Rohilla police station in north Delhi, alleging he had raped his niece during a period of eight months.

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