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Rapist jailed for 10 years

KARACHI: A sessions court sentenced on Saturday a shopkeeper to 10 years in prison in a case pertaining to the abduction and rape of a minor girl.

Hamza Khan was found guilty of subjecting a six-year-old girl to a sexual assault in a Korangi locality in November 2015.

Additional district and sessions judge (East) Zahiba Khattak, who read out the conviction order after recording evidence of witnesses and arguments from both sides, also imposed a fine of Rs50,000. In case of default the convict would undergo an additional six-month imprisonment.

The court ruled that the victim had given an explicit testimony about the incident and categorically deposed against the accused, adding that other witnesses and documentary evidence also corroborated her statement.

The prosecution said that the victim had gone to the shop of the accused to purchase something, but he subjected her to rape.

A case was registered under Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the victim’s father.

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