RANCHI: A special CBI court in Ranchi sentenced the ex-husband of a national-level shooter to life imprisonment on Thursday under IPC Section 376 (2) (n) on charges of rape, fraudulent marriage and attempt to convert the religion of his then wife.
A former registrar (vigilance) of Jharkhand high court was also sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy.According to the shooter, she had come to know her husband through the former registrar, who had also brought a cleric to force nikah between her and the man she had first married in a Hindu ceremony. The registrar was also terminated from service for the crime. The ex-husband’s mother was also sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Special judge Prabhat Kumar Sharma also fined the ex-husband Rs 75,000 and the other two convicts Rs 50,000 each. The shooter was present in court while the convicts attended proceedings via a video link from Birsa Munda Jail.CBI senior public prosecutor Priyanshu Singh prayed for the maximum punishment while stating that the crime was not only against an individual but also against society and the country. “The court has so far read out the maximum sentences in the case. (The ex-husband) will remain in prison for the remaining period of his natural life. The punishment of the accused under other sections of the IPC would be detailed in the order,” Singh said.
The court had convicted the accused on September 30. The ex-husband and his mother are also convicted of voluntarily causing hurt, hurting religious feelings and criminal intimidation. The former court registrar was found also guilty of hurting religious feelings.
A CBI statement said the ex-husband was accused of marrying the shooter by posing himself as a person from a particular religion and subsequently subjecting her to inhuman torture, including making a dog bite her, severe beating and continuous threats to convert her religion.
The shooter got married to the man, who hid his religion, on July 7, 2014, as per Hindu tradition. On July 8, there was an attempt to solemnise their marriage through nikah. She then registered a case against her then husband and his mother at Hindpiri police station on July 19, 2014. The case was transferred to CBI on the orders of the Jharkhand HC. Charges were framed against the accused in July 2018.
After the sentencing, the shooter thanked all those who had supported her fight for justice. “My case should inspire other girls who are subjected to injustice to come out and fight for a just cause.”
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