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HC: Poverty no reason to reduce rape punishment

Poverty can not be a reason to show leniency towards a rape-accused, the Bombay High Court said. Under section 376 of the IPC, minimum punishment for rape is seven years’ rigorous imprisonment.

But socio-economic status of accused is irrelevant in this regard, Justice A P Bhangale of Nagpur bench said last week.

Satinath Raut, a labourer, was convicted of raping a 22-year old woman at his village Warthi, in Bhandara district, at knife-point.

His lawyer appealed the Sessions Court sentence of seven years’ imprisonment saying Raut had a large family and an ailing mother.

Upholding the sentence, Justice Bhangale said that “socio-economic status of the accused or his religion, caste, creed are irrelevant factors”, as per Supreme Court’s earlier rulings.

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/2/2010091320100913044340765e204ab31/HC-Poverty-no-reason-to-reduce-rape-punishment.html

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