Mumbai: A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a court here for raping his teenage stepdaughter repeatedly.
The court on Thursday convicted the man under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Special Judge (POCSO) Kavita D Shirbhate also imposed a fine of Rs 4,000 on the 37-year-old accused, a labourer from Vashi in Navi Mumbai, who is also an HIV patient.
Initially, the boyfriend of the rape survivor, then aged 16, was tried in the court on charges of kidnapping and raping her.
During her deposition, the victim told the court that it was not her boyfriend (who was later let off), but her stepfather who raped her on multiple occasions and at different places, including at her home.
In between, the girl left her stepfather’s home and lived on the footpath from where she was shifted to a child correction home.
In her order, the judge noted, “This case is based on circumstantial evidence and evidence of the victim. The documents produced on record by the prosecution are sufficient to establish the chain of circumstances.
“The prosecution has proved that the victim was a minor at the time of the incident and properly explained the delay in lodging an FIR.