Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)
Mangalore, Jan 14: The fast track court here has, through a judgment delivered on Tuesday January 12, sentenced Venkatesh Rama Bovi (21), a resident of Khan Nagar in Jogipur, Sirsi Taluk, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and Rs 2,000 fine, for keeping a minor girl in illegal confinement and raping her.
Venkatesh, who had approached a family living in Pajimogeru in the city, had urged a 13 year-old girl of the family to marry her, and had abducted her later. He had thereafter, kept her in illegal confinement at various places including Turuvekere, Sakleshpur, Alur etc. He had also raped her at a lodge in Sakleshpur on November 4, 2008 and at a house in Alur from November 10 to 23 the same year. The charge sheet filed by the policemen said that he had also threatened to kill the girl if she revealed his activities to others.
The accused was arrested on December 1, 2008 by Kavoor sub-inspector of police, Anantapadmanabha. The accused has also been sentenced to one year imprisonment each for illegal confinement of the girl and posing life threat to her. All the three sentences will run concurrently.