Local court convicts Muslim saint for raping in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 5 (UNI) A local court in Kashmir valley today convicted a self-styled Muslim saint in a rape case, official sources said.

Delivering the first conviction judgement in the newly created court of sessions judge at Ganderbal, Mohammad Nazir Fida said the evidence on record and weighing the totality of the circumstances of the case, in which the rape has taken place, the accused Ghulam Qadir Ganai was convicted of charges under section 376 RPC.

The court, while convicting the accused, quoted former Chief Justice of India, Justice Anand, that ''rape is a crime more serious than murder as it destroys very sole of the helpless woman.'' In the judgment, Mr Fida said in the case the accused took undue advantage of the victim's helplessness whose everything was ruined including her honour and dignity.

The victim had alleged that while he was practising as religious saint, she had approached him for suffering from some shadow of a ghost. He, instead, satisfied his biological lust, raping the victim resulting in the victim getting pregnant.

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