In 2013, the victim conceived but Sanjib refused to marry her Credit: Representational image

Agartala: The West Tripura additional district and session court judge Dhiman Debbarma on Friday convicted a 32-year-old man on charges of cheating and raping on the pretext of marriage.

Additional public prosecutor Arabendu Deb said the court pronounced the accused Sanjib Pal guilty under Section 376, 417 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The Court has ordered 12 years of imprisonment and fine amount of Rs 60,000 to the son of the victim.

“The court has directed to fix deposit the fine amount in a nationalized bank for a period of five years. The West district legal service authorities were also directed to ensure that the victim receives financial aid between Rs 3 to 4 lakh under the compensation schemes of women victims,” Deb said.

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He said the accused Sanjib, a resident under Amtali police station, fell in love with a girl from Pal Para and gradually a physical relationship developed between them on the promise of marriage.

“In 2013, the victim conceived but Sanjib refused to marry her. A case was registered at the Amtali police station. However, the case was pending for a long time. On June 26, 2015, the police investigated and submitted a chargesheet to the court. But the judicial process began after the change of government in Tripura,” Deb added.

The APP also said that the complainant had already given birth to a boy child. “The Court recorded the statements of 11 witnesses and charges against four persons were framed in the case. However, three people have been acquitted due to lack of evidence,” Deb said.

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