Man cops 11 years jail term for raping sister-in-law

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A MAN who raped his sister-in-law has been sentenced to 11 years and 10 months imprisonment by the High Court in Lautoka.

While delivering his sentence, High Court judge Justice Sunil Sharma told the rapist that he had brought shame on himself and also to his family by committing the act.

Justice Sharma also described the offence committed by the rapist as selfish and lustful.

“This court will be failing in its duty if a long term deterrent custodial sentence was not imposed,” he said.

“The victim was in her house, alone and vulnerable and you took advantage of this.

“According to the victim impact statement, the victim continues to be emotionally and physiologically affected by the incident.”

Justice Sharma said rape not only affected the integrity of a victim, but violated the human dignity, leaving scars of physiological devastation bringing about a sense of self blame and hopelessness which did not heal easily even after the physical injuries have healed.

The rapist will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years behind bars.

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