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Indian gets 13 years jail for sex with minor

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Singapore: A 31-year-old Indian man was sentenced to 13 years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault of a minor and two charges of attempted statutory rape, the media reported. Udhayakumar Dhakshinamoorthy, a minimart worker courted a 12-year-old girl with gifts and called her his “wife”, grooming her to engage in intrusive sexual acts with him over a period of three months in 2016, The New Paper reported on Friday. Announcing the sentence at the High Court on Thursday, Judicial Commissioner Pang Khang Chau said that Udhayakumar had exploited the innocence and naivety of the girl and morally corrupted her. Four other charges were also considered during the hearing, the report said. The offence, which took place between September and December 2016, came to light after Dhakshinamoorthy’s pregnant girlfriend discovered a nude video of the minor girl on his phone. (IANS)

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