A 35-year-old man was today sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a class II student in Nadia district last year. Additional District Judge Jimut Bahan Biswas convicted Dinesh Chandra Das yesterday and pronounced the quantum of punishment today under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The judge slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on Das, 80 per cent of which will be given to the victim as compensation. The court also ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh to the girl from its own funds as compensation.
The Nadia district magistrate was directed to comply with the order within 30 days. Das, who lives at Aranghata under Dhantala police station, lured the 9-year-old girl, his neighbour, with toffees, took her to a desolate place and raped her in August last year. He was arrested and booked under provisions of the POCSO Act.
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