Budgam man gets jail for abducting minor girl

Sentenced to two and a half years

Srinagar: A court in Budgam on Monday sentenced a man to two and a half years in jail after finding him guilty of abducting a minor girl in the central Kashmir district seven years ago.
The court—Judicial Magistrate Budgam, Sheikh Gowher Hussain—also imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on Altaf Ahmad Bhat for abducting the girl.

The case
On 17 April 2008, father of the girl filed compliant that her daughter had gone market on April 15, 2008 but did not return home. On searching for her, it was found that the accused Alataf Ahmad Bhat enticed the girl and has abducted her.
Subsequently, police filed an FIR (127/2008) against Altaf and during investigation, the abducted girl was medically examined which revealed no intercourse was done with girl.
Later, police charged Altaf with the abduction of the girl under section 363 RPC (kidnapping).
Altaf pleaded not guilty and subsequently, the court directed prosecution to lead evidnce in the case.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the court convicted Altaf for abducting the girl.
“The accused has taken the minor girl from the lawful guardians as such lenient view cannot be taken in the case. The offence of the accused is against the society,” the court said.
Under 363 RPC, a convict can be sentenced to jail term upto 7-years and besides the fine.
“In the present case, the accused has taken away minor from the custody of her natural guardian without their consent and it is sufficient ground for not taking the lenient view in favour of (Altaf),” the court said and sentenced him to imprisonment for 2-1/2-years and fine of Rs 1000.
“The period if any, already spent, shall be counted in the present sentence. In case the accused fails to pay the fine, he shall further be detained for one month,” the court added.