Former BSF DIG among 5 convicted for rape @ Srinagar

Five persons including a former senior officer of the Border Security Force (BSF), has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for involvement in the rape and sexual exploitation of a minor girl in Srinagar 12 years ago.

The CBI court in Chandigarh also fined KC Padhi, former BSF deputy inspector general, and Mohammad Ashraf Mir, former deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Rs 1 lakh each. Jammu and Kashmir residents Shabbir Ahmed Laway, Shabbir Ahmed Langhoo, and Masud Ahmed were fined Rs 50,000 each.

The fines will be used to compensate the rape victim for the loss of her reputation, dignity, mental harm and lost of opportunity for education. “A victim of rape inevitably suffers acute trauma. Rape itself brings enormous shame to the victim,” said judge Geetanjali Goel.

Mehraj-ud-din Malik, a hotel owner, and Anil Sethi, a former additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir, had been acquitted last week.

Srinagar was shocked in May 2006 after a CD containing pornographic images of a 15-year-old girl was handed over to the police, exposing a sex scandal that threw up names of ministers, legislators, and other powerful men.

Sabeena, who used one name, and her husband, Abdul Hamid Bullah, who allegedly ran a brothel in Srinagar, were named as the main accused in the scandal but died during the trial.

The CBI, which took over the case from the state police in May 2006, had named four victims but three of whom turned back on their statements during trial. The remaining victim was kept in protective custody.

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