Sexual assault case: Man sentenced, tutor convicted

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 24th Sep: The Court of Special Judge, POCSO, Imphal West has sentenced one Paul Kamei, who was found guilty in the sexual assault of a minor girl, to five years rigorous imprisonment.
It further ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
Pual Kamei (30), s/o Hunthumang Kamei of New Selam Ward no.4, Tamenglong, was convicted by the court under section 354 of IPC and section 10 of POCSO Act on September 20 this year, in the sexual assault case of a minor girl which took place on September 19, 2017.
During the sentence hearing on Tuesday, Special PPA Nilachandra said that the heinous crime committed on the minor girl is punishable under section 354 of IPC and section 10 of POCSO Act. As such, he appealed to the court to sentence Paul to at least 7 years life imprisonment.
However, defence counsel Shantikumar argued that the convict was young and had no previous record of any crimes committed. Thus, he appealed to the court to give the minimum sentence and allow the convict to undergo rehabilitation.
Paul also appealed to the court to lower the level of punishment, stating that he had a rod implanted on his right leg, which broke recently and he needed continuous treatment.
After listening to arguments of both parties, the court sentenced Paul Kamei to five years rigorous imprisonment. It further ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 10,000, failing which he would have to stay in jail for one more month.
Furthermore, the court directed the convict to deposit the fine at the court, which would be then handed over to the victim as compensation, while stating that the time the convict was placed in judicial remand during investigations and in jail during the trial, would be commuted from the sentence period.
The court also directed that the authorities concerned to pay a compensation of Rs 30,000 to the victim under the Manipur Victim Compensation Scheme and the Financial Assistance and support scheme of Ministry of Child Development.
Copies of the Court orders have been sent to District Magistrate-Deputy Commissioner Tamenglong and to chairperson of Tamenglong District Criminal Injuries Relief and Rehabilitation Board to ensure that the compensation is handed over to the victim as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Special Judge (POCSO) Imphal East court has convicted a tuition teacher for sexual assault committed on nine girl students and set October 1 for hearing the quantum of sentence. The teacher convicted under Section 10 of POCSO Act has been identified as Waikhom Ibungoton (30), son of Tombi of Kyamgei Mayai Leikai.
Ibungoton, who is currently lodged in Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa was produced before the court by security personnel for conducting further hearing of the case on Tuesday. Mother of one of the victims had filed a complaint at Imphal East women police station alleging that Ibungoton sexually assaulted her young daughter at the tuition centre in mid-2016 and subsequently a case was taken up. Surprisingly, mothers of the remaining victims also filed a complaint at the same police station accusing the teacher of sexually assaulting their daughters at the centre during August-December, 2015. An investigation team consisting of five women Sub-Inspectors investigated the case and submitted charge sheet in the court. Based on the charge sheet, the court framed charges against the accused under Section 9 (1) and 10 of POCSO Act on June 29, 2017 and since then trial of the case was going on. The court after going through the submissions of the Special Public Prosecutor and the defence counsel kept judgement of the case reserved till September 10.
The Special Public Prosecutor stated that police were not able to gather evidences to ascertain that the accused committed penetrative sexual assault on the nine girl students but there are solid evidences to prove that the accused committed aggravated sexual assault which is punishable under POCSO Act.
Accepting the submission, the court convicted Ibungoton under Section 10 of POCSO Act and fixed October 1 for hearing the quantum of sentence to be awarded to him.


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