Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, January 5
A local court of the Additional District Court in LB Nagar sentenced a 25-year-old man city resident to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor girl by falsely promising her marriage on Tuesday.
The court held Chithari Sailu guilty after a long trial that had started in 2016. Besides the life imprisonment, Judge, B. Suresh also fined the accused Rs. 10,000.
According to the charge sheet, Sailu took the minor girl to Vishakhapatnam at the end of February 2016, where he rented a house posing to be a married couple. There on the pretext of marriage, he kept on sexually assaulting the minor girl for many days.
Police told the court that the accused worked as a labourer in Hyderabad where he befriended the daughter of a watchman living in the neighbourhood. When the girl did not return home, the parents got worried and lodged a complaint.
An investigation by the police led to the revelation that the accused too was missing. His mobile call details, etc. led the police from the local KPHB police station trace the accused and the girl at Vishakhapatnam. With the help of the Andhra Pradesh Police, he was arrested and sent jail.
The girl confessed to her parents that she had been sexually assaulted by the accused. Following the medical examination of the girl, the police registered a case under section 366 (a), 376 IPC and Sec 4 of the POCSO Act of 2012. Later a charge-sheet was presented and the trial continued for four years.