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Gujarat school teacher gets 10-year jail term for raping girl student

Press Trust of India  |  Palanpur 

A special court in Gujarat's district has sentenced a school to 10 years in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl student two years ago.

P T Patel, designated to hear cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, held Chandu Bhagora (30) guilty under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and under the POCSO Act.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 11,000 on Bhagora.

Terming the crime as a "black spot" on the civil society, the court observed that the accused has tarnished the "pious relationship" between a and a student.

The incident took place in a village near town in August 2017. The victim, a class VIII student then, studied in the same school where Bhagora taught.

The girl was on her way to school when Bhagora kidnapped her and took her to an isolated place, where he sexually assaulted her, the prosecution said.

Her family lodged a complaint after she narrated her ordeal to her parents, Deodar's D V Thakor said.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:11 IST