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Cop, BJP Worker, Journo Among 13 Handed Jail Term for Pushing Teen into Flesh Trade

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A POCSO court here sentenced eight people to life imprisonment on Monday for raping and pushing a teenage girl into prostitution, while a police inspector, BJP functionary and journalist were among 13 people given a 20-year jail term each for their involvement in the case.

The special court constituted to deal with cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, had convicted all 21 accused in the case on September 15 and announced the quantum of sentences today.

Besides the jail term, the court’s presiding officer M Rajalakshmi directed the government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the victim as compensation. The fine amounts imposed on the 21 people, which would come to about Rs 2 lakh, should also be given to her, the judge said. The life term convicts included the stepfather and stepmother of the victim. Suspended inspector C Pugalendhi, attached to Ennore police station; BJP functionary G Rajendran and Vinobaji, a journalist working at a private media channel, were among those who were given 20 years jail term.

The case was registered by the All Women Police in Washermenpet against 26 people following a complaint from the victim’s mother and the chargesheet, running to more than 560 pages, was filed in November, 2020. Of the 26 accused, four absconded and one person died during the pendency of the case. The case was split and the prosecution pursued the case against the remaining 21 accused.

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