Amroha (Uttar Pradesh), October 28: Additional District and Sessions Judge Awadesh Kumar Singh has continuously been in the news for delivering strong punishments and penalties to those found guilty of rape.

In yet another case of abduction and rape that happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha nine years back, the court has sentenced the guilty to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rupees 13 thousand. (half of which will be given to the victim) The accused was out on bail but after the court’s judgment, he has been taken back into custody and sent to jail.

The sexual assault incident took place on 6 November 2012, in a village under the jurisdiction of the Hasanpur police station area from where the victim belonging to a farmer family hails. The accused Bablu is a distant relative of the victim’s brother-in-law and used to come to their house occasionally. He abducted the 13-year-old minor and forcibly took her with him and later raped her.

The victim’s family searched for her everywhere but found no trace of her. Several months later the victim was recovered from the captivity of the accused. When the family members went to register a complaint, the police didn’t take any action. The victim’s father then took the matter to the court. After being rebuked by the court, Uttar Pradesh police had to register an FIR against the accused Bablu for kidnapping and raping. Later the police had to also arrest the accused and present him in the court. The accused was also able to secure bail from himself in the case the sentence was pronounced.

This case was pending in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Special (POCSO Act) Awadesh Kumar Singh. On Tuesday, Basant Singh Saini, Special Public Prosecutor (POCSO Act) argued for the prosecution. Later, the court found the accused Bablu guilty, based on the evidence presented, and sentenced him to 12 years in jail. In addition, a punishment of Rs 13,000 has been levied on him.