Swift conviction by Rajasthan fast track court within three weeks of the crime in Alwar

ALWAR (RAJASTHAN): Twenty-two days after he raped a German tourist, the son of a top Indian Police Service officer was on Wednesday sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment in yet another speedy conviction in Rajasthan.

B. H. Mohanty, found guilty of raping the 26-year-old woman in a hotel room here on the night of March 20-21, was also fined Rs. 10,000 by Additional District Judge R. K. Maheshwari of the fast track court.

Mohanty, an MBA student from Delhi, is the son of Orissa cadre Additional Director-General of Police B. B. Mohanty.

The victim was not present in the court when the verdict was pronounced on Wednesday morning. Thirteen witnesses were produced during the trial.

The crime had taken place in a local hotel where Mohanty and the victim had stayed.

The Alwar police were informed of the rape after the victim sent a number of SMS messages on her mobile phone to a relative in Berlin who got in touch with the German Embassy in New Delhi.

Mohanty was remanded in judicial custody after his arrest at Khairtal railway station while returning with the German woman on a Delhi-bound inter-city train. According to the police, he confessed to his crime.

The victim subsequently alleged that relatives of the accused were threatening her and demanding a compromise.

This is the second case of conviction of a man in a rape case by a fast track court in Rajasthan. The first involved a German tourist who was raped by an auto rickshaw driver and his colleague in Jodhpur on May 11 last year. A fast track court had awarded life imprisonment to Shankar and Rakesh within 21 days of the crime. - PTI

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