Baripada (Odisha), Jul 25 (PTI) A court in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district today sentenced a man to 10-years rigorous imprisonment after convicting him for raping a minor girl.

Additional District Judge Mayurbhanj, Ajit Kumar Singh convicted Srikant Soren (23) under POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012.

The convicted person was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 20,000 was imposed on him. On default in payment of the penalty, the convict shall undergo one more year of imprisonment, the court order said.

Soren had raped a 13-year-old girl at Jolanda village under Barasahi police station limit on May 28, 2014. The girl was raped after she was forcibly taken to a paddy field by Soren. She was returning home after working at a manufacturing unit.

Besides the victim, the court recorded the statement of 12 witnesses before pronouncing the judgement.

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