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Just in a day: Man gets lifer for rape of 8 year old

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New Delhi, Nov 29: In one of the fastest trials ever, a POCSO court in Bihar's Araria district has sentenced a man in just one day's proceedings to life term imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old girl, PTI reported.

The verdict is considered the fastest delivered by any POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court in the country.

Just in a day: Man gets lifer for rape of 8 year old

POCSO Court Special Judge Shashi Kant Rai also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict and directed him to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh for the survivor's rehabilitation.

Though the order was passed on October 4, the order sheet pertaining to the case was made available on November 26.

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The girl was raped on July 22 this year and an FIR was lodged the next day. The case was supervised by Araria women's police station in-charge Rita Kumari.

Talking to reporters, POSCO Public Prosecutor Shyamlal Yadav said, "The case in Araria was the speediest trial of a rape case in the country. It beat the record of a court in Madhya Pradesh's Datia district that wrapped up in three days a rape trial in August 2018."

The court fast-tracked the proceedings by recording witnesses, arguments, and counter-arguments; convicting the accused and issuing the judgement in just one day.

Reacting to the verdict, the Directorate of Prosecution of Bihar government's Home Department issued a statement saying, "This is perhaps the first case in which punishment has been given in a single day of trial in the country."

"Before it, in Datia (MP) district, a court had delivered a verdict after three days of trial on 8 August 2018. Bihar has now made a national record by conducting a trial in a single day by giving a life sentence to the convict till his last breath," it added.

(PTI)

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