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A minor girl who was a rape victim and her father got justice when a court in Jharkhand's Simdega district sentenced a 27-year-old man to life imprisonment.

The convict had allegedly raped a five-year-old girl last year. Simdega Additional District Judge Niraj Kumar Srivastav on  Wednesday convicted Nirdosh Topno under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including rape, and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Also, the judge imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on Topno.

The incident took place on July 21, 2018, when, according to the complaint lodged by the girl's father, she was raped when he had gone to a market and her mother was away at work."When I returned home, I found her missing. On acquiring information that he(Topno) had taken my daughter, I went to bus stand(Jaldega) where I saw him leaving for Simdega with my daughter in an auto-rickshaw, "complainant's lawyer informed.

Public Prosecutor Subhash Prasad added: "At home, the minor girl shared her plight with her parents."DNA samples found on the girl matched with the convict", said her parents after returning home and DNA samples found on the girl had matched with those of the convict, public prosecutor Subhas Prasad said

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