Couple sent to jail for kidnap, rape of 10-year-old girl

Cuttack, Jan 23 (PTI) A man was sentenced to imprisonment till death and his wife sent to jail for 20 years by a court in Odisha's Cuttack for kidnapping and raping a 10-year-old girl.

Amit Bindhani (45) kidnapped the girl from a slum here with the help of his wife Asha Lohar, as per the prosecution.

The couple had taken the girl to Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. There, Amit raped the girl repeatedly for nearly eight days before the couple was apprehended by police and the child rescued, the prosecution said.

The incident happened in July 2019.

A POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court on Saturday sentenced Amit to imprisonment till death and his wife Asha to 20 years in jail.

The couple was convicted after the examination of 12 witnesses and over 20 exhibits.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Asha and in case of non-payment, she will undergo imprisonment for another six months.

The court directed that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh be given to the girl.