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Man gets life term for raping minor

Erode : A 23-year-old man was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for kidnapping and raping a minor school-going girl in 2015.

The prosecution case was that Santhosh, a private hosiery factory worker residing at Sembadampalyam in Sathyamangalam in the district, abducted the 17-year-old girl on October 5, 2015 and took her to Coonoor where he raped her several times.

Following a complaint lodged by the girl’s parents, the police arrested Santhosh and admitted the girl to a Government Hospital at Sathyamangalam with the parents concurrence.

Erode District Mahila Court Judge N Thirunavukkarasu awarded life sentence to Santhosh for rape and 10 years RI for kidnap. The judge ordered that both sentences should run concurrently.

He also made a written appeal to the government to grant Rs one lakh to the girl.