NEW DELHI, A Delhi court has jailed a man for 10 years for raping a minor girl in 2004 after luring her by offering to give her chocolates.
"Rape is...a crime against the entire society. It destroys the entire psychology of a woman and pushes her into deep emotional crisis," said Additional Sessions Judge Gulshan Kumar while sending Sajjan Singh, 48, to jail for raping his six-year-old neighbour.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs.20,000 on him.
The judged relied upon the testimony of the child and turned down the accused's plea that the conviction could not solely be based on her statement.
As per the prosecution, Sajjan Singh, a resident of Vasant Kunj area, called the girl, who lived in the same building as his, and her brother to his room in June 2004. He gave money to the girl's brother and sent him to market to buy chocolates and raped the girl in the room.
After the rape, Sajjan Singh offered milk to the girl and asked her not to disclose the incident to anybody, the prosecution said.
But two days later the girl told her mother about the incident and a police complaint was registered, the prosecution said.
The convict said he was implicated by the girl's parents as they had a quarrel over water issues a few days before the police complaint.