Judge: Rape one of the most humiliating crimes

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RAPE is one of the most humiliating and distressing crimes and it becomes more serious when it involves a child victim and a perpetrator known to the victim.

This was highlighted by judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe while sentencing a 42-year-old man convicted of one count of rape to 14 years and one month imprisonment in the High Court in Labasa.

Justice Rajasinghe said rape did not only violate the physical self of a person, but also destroyed the personal dignity and self autonomy of a person.

“In this case, the complainant was sexually abused by a person who is known to her.

“This form of sexual exploitation of children by the known adult is a serious offence,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

He said the man had started a conversation with the 16-year-old complainant in the pretext that he wanted to know about the complainant’s relationship with her boyfriend.

Justice Rajasinghe said the complainant was the daughter of the convicted man’s brother and the main purpose of the sentence against him was founded on the principle of deterrence.

“It is a responsibility of the court to deter offenders or other persons from committing offences of the same or similar nature and protect the community from offenders of this nature.”

He added that according to the victim’s impact report, the complainant had been going through an adverse emotional and psychological trauma because of this incident.

A non-parole period of 12 years and one month has been imposed against the rapist.

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