PUNE: A 22-year-old man was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for raping a college girl on Hanuman Tekdi in 2016. Additional Sessions Judge AN Shirsikar also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the convict Vijay Vishwas Kamble, a resident of Pandavnagar.
The 19-year-old complainant had come to Pune from West Bengal to study six months before the incident which took place around 7 pm on February 24.
According to the police, the girl stayed as a paying guest on Senapati Bapat Road. Her college timings were from 8 am to 2 pm. Later in the evening, she used to go to the college gym and then walked up to the pagoda on the hill to read books till dark.
She had stated in her complaint, “I was reading a novel when an unidentified person came from behind and groped me. Before I could react, he gagged me with his hand and molested me. He was speaking Hindi and Marathi and asking for money. I tried to get my purse, when he snatched it, dragged me to a trench and raped me.”
An FIR was registered with Chatuhshrungi police station. Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay Pawar examined seven witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused person.
After the incident, the victim went to her flat and called up her father with her roommate’s phone. He advised her to lodge a police complaint. But as it was night, she did not go to the police. On the next day, she discussed the matter with her friends and principal and went to the police station to file a case.