College teacher sentenced to life imprisonment for minor girl’s rape in Raj

College teacher sentenced to life imprisonment for minor girl’s rape in Raj

The victim, the daughter of a primary school teacher in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, was found dead inside a water tank on the roof of her college in 2016.
A local court in Rajasthan sentenced a college teacher to life imprisonment for raping a Dalit minor girl in 2016. (Representational image)

Updated on Oct 13, 2021 06:14 AM IST

By Dhrubo Jyoti

New Delhi: A local court in Rajasthan on Tuesday sentenced a college teacher to life imprisonment for raping a 17-year-old Dalit student in 2016 and awarded six years in jail to the principal of the institution and the hostel warden for abetting the girl’s suicide.

The victim, the daughter of a primary school teacher in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, was found dead inside a water tank on the roof of her college. Her parents alleged that a teacher raped her, and accused the college authorities of trying to hide the crime by making her sign a statement defending the teacher.

The district court in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district convicted Pragya Prateek Shukla, the principal of the college where the victim studied, his wife Priya Shukla, the warden of the hostel where the victim resided, and Vijendra Singh, the physical education teacher who raped the victim.

Pragya Prateek Shukla and Priya Shukla were each sentenced to six years in jail for abetment of suicide and fined R 20,000. Vijendra Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined R20,000 each.

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