Hyderabad: A child-friendly court here on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment a 42-year-old driver for sexually violating his 14-year-old daughter at their residence in Chaderghat.
The accused committed the heinous crime in November 2016, threatening the child with dire consequences saying he would kill her mother and younger brother. Based on a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, the police booked a case against the accused and arrested him.
The court sentenced the driver to life imprisonment in view of Section 42 of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as the girl was a minor. It also imposed a fine of Rs.2,000. In default of payment of the fine, he must undergo simple imprisonment for six months.
The court further sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years and pay a fine of Rs.1.000 for threatening the girl. All the sentences will run concurrently. First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Suneetha Kunchala delivered the verdict.
The court has also referred the matter to the District Legal Services Authority with a request to decide the quantum of compensation to be awarded to the girl and also to the District Collector for awarding the compensation to her at the earliest, said Additional Public Prosecutor K. Pratap Reddy.