Goa : The North Goa sessions court has sentenced Tenzin Dorje, a native of Ladakh, to ten years rigorous imprisonment for the rape of a foreigner at Arambol beach in December 2015.The court found that the accused, 31, “misused his position as a friend of the survivor, (and) subjected the survivor not only to sexual assault, but also caused her injuries”.“In such a situation, a sentence below the minimum sentence prescribed would be unmerited and would not reflect the conscience of society. It is to be stated that there is no mitigating circumstance to show any leniency to the accused,” judge Sherin Paul said in response to Dorje’s counsel, who pressed for a lenient sentence.
The court was told that the survivor met the accused on the beach, and the accused had volunteered to show her around. The court stated that it had no reason to disbelieve the medical evidence in support of the survivor.When Dorje’s counsel argued that the complaint was false and lodged so that she could claim insurance for being raped (which is covered by the insurance company for persons travelling abroad), the court held that the “medical evidence produced by the prosecution clearly establishes the fact that the survivor sustained injuries, (and the) evidence corroborates the testimony of the survivor.
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