Mangaluru: A 27-year-old man from Gadag district was sentenced of 12 years in jail for kidnapping a minor girl and raping her
The additional sessions court and fast track court for cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, heard the case and handed down sentence of 12 years to Mallik alias Mallikarjun Hanumanthappa after finding him guilty.
Mallik who was staying next door to the girl used to go to work in the company of the father of the girl. He earned the trust of the 16-year-old daughter of his friend, promised to marry her, and kidnapped her during May 2017 and had taken the girl to Goa where he raped her repeatedly.
She became pregnant and gave birth to a baby in a hospital in Goa. The youth escaped then, leaving the girl and her child to fend for themselves.
He had also threatened her not to disclose about her ordeal to her parents. After her parents complained to Kavoor police station, case under the provisions of POCSO Act including abduction, rape, sexual atrocity on minor etc was filed and the accused was arrested.