Itanagar: A Assam Rifles jawan has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by a special court on June 3, on the charges of criminal trespassing, kidnapping and attempting to gang rape a minor girl and he has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The court sentenced Barun Singh, who hails from Bihar and has been imprisoned under sections 447 (criminal trespass), 365 (kidnapping), 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to officials, the gruesome incident unravelled in Changlang on January 22, 2014, when Barun Singh along with some of his colleagues from the Assam rifles had trespassed a neighbour's residence and forcefully kidnapped a minor girl.
Thereafter, the victim was taken to the Assam Rifles campus where she was brutally gang-raped by them.
The police arrested Barun Singh while he was posted in Changlang. However, the victim was unable to identify the other jawans who were involved in this heinous crime.
Special judge of POCSO H Kashyap, after passing the judgment, said that the duty of a jawan is to provide security to the civilians but such crimes from a jawan who works in the paramilitary force, were not expected.
The judge thus said, "The convict is not entitled to get any leniency in punishment".
The Khonsa court further forwarded the case to the Changlang district legal services authority to provide adequate compensation for the victim under the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme, 2011.
It was added that the fine imposed upon the convict should be given to the victim as rehabilitation.