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Man Gets Life Imprisonment For ‘Digital Rape’ of a minor

Noida’s Surajpur Court has sentenced 65-year-old Akbar Ali, convicted of digital rape, to life imprisonment. Along with this, a fine of Rs 50,000 was also imposed. This is the first case of its kind in the country, where an accused has been convicted of ‘digital rape’ and sentenced life imprisonment. Akbar Ali was sentenced to life in prison by the court, finding him guilty of digital rape with a three-and-a-half-year-old girl. The incident is of Salarpur village of Sector-39 police station area of ​​Noida.

Actually, Akbar Ali, a resident of West Bengal, came to Salarpur village in Sector-45 of Noida to meet his married daughter in 2019. There he lured a three-and-a-half-year-old innocent living in the neighborhood to the house by luring her to get toffee and then digitally raped her. Afraid of Akbar Ali’s antics, the girl reached her house and told the whole thing to the family members. After that the relatives reached the police station and filed a complaint against the accused. After that the police got the innocent medical done in which rape was confirmed and the accused was arrested on the same day.

Public Prosecutor Nitin Bishnoi said that in 2019, an FIR was lodged by the victim’s family members. Akbar Ali was arrested after medical examination confirmed rape. Since then, Akbar Ali is lodged in the district jail. He had filed an application for interim bail in the Sessions Court and the High Court, but the appeal was dismissed. On Tuesday, District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Singh sentenced Akbar Ali to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence, medical report, testimonies of doctors, investigating officers, relatives and neighbors. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the accused.

Digital rape got legal recognition in the country after 2013

It is noteworthy that after the Nirbhaya case of Delhi, the word ‘digital rape’ was recognized for the first time in 2013 and later it was included in the new rape laws as a separate section under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO). Before 2013, there was no such law in the country which could give justice to the digital rape victim.

What is ‘digital rape’?

Digital rape is not a sexual crime committed digitally or virtually as it sounds. Rather, it is an offense in which, instead of the reproductive organ, the forcible penetration has been done with the fingers or the thumb of the hand or toe without the consent of anyone. Here the word Digit means finger, thumb or toe of English. This is the reason why it is called ‘digital rape’. Before December 2012, digital rape was considered to be eve teasing in the country. But after the Nirbhaya case, a new rape law was introduced in the Parliament of the country and considering it as a sexual offense, it was kept in the category of Section 375 and POCSO Act.

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