KOTA: A POCSO court in Bundi on Saturday convicted a 23-year-old youth to life term in jail, for repeatedly raping his 14-and-a-half-year-old . The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 20,000 on him.

The POCSO court judge in Bundi, Deepak Dubey, convicted Pintu Regar (23), a resident of Jhakmund village under Talera police station of , to life term in jail for repeatedly raping his minor cousin, special public prosecutor (SPP), POCSO court, Bundi, Mahendra Kumar Sharma said. The court also fined the convict with a penalty of Rs. 20,000, he added.

A total 21 documents were produced before the court during the trial and statements of 10 witnesses were recorded, the SPP said. The crime was committed in 2015 when the convict took his minor cousin to Kota for a medical check-up, following which, he brought her to his room in Jhakmund village and raped her, he said. The convict threatened the minor with dire consequences if she revealed the act to anyone outside or in the family, and continued to her for about seven months. The matter came to light when the minor girl got pregnant following which, the parents of the victim approached Talera police station on November 26, 2015 and lodged a report in this connection, the SPP said.

Talera police, on the report by parents, lodged a case of rape against Pintu Regar under section 376 of IPC and sections of POCSO Act and initiated the investigation, he added. The POCSO court judge took a serious note of tarnishing and disgracing the dignity of relationships in a family, and convicted the accused to life term in jail, for repeatedly raping his minor cousin, Sharma said.
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