A court here Saturday sentenced a man for three years imprisonment after he was found guilty of committing an unnatural act.
The Court of Forest Magistrate Srinagar Muhammad Rafiq Chak awarded three years jail term to Manzoor Ahmad of Khunmoh here after he was found guilty under section 377 of RPC for sodomy.
Announcing the punishment, the court said that the prosecution has been able to prove the charges against the convict.
In its order, the court added that "non-examination of investigating officer is not fatal as statements of the prosecution witnesses are convincing, reliable, regular and constant."
It said that statement of the victim is so convincing and reliable that leaves no scope for the accused to question its reliability and credibility.
"Accused has failed to show that he had any animosity on the basis of which FIR was lodged against him. Defence witness has tried to convey that accused, a conductor by profession was in Delhi at the time of commission of offence. But accused has at no point of time taken the plea of alibi," the court said.
"The prosecution has proved its case beyond any doubt as a result of which accused is convicted under section 377/511 RPC and is sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for the period of three years," the court said.
The state was represented by prosecuting officer advocate Shaista Shah. As per case details, the accused on 23 October 2008 intercepted the victim (eight year old boy) when he was returning back to home after giving meals to his father. The accused committed unnatural act and paid Rs 10 to the victim. The victim narrated the story to family after which his father lodged a complaint in police station Pantha Chowk. Police took the cognizance of case and arrested the accused. The challan was produced before the court after completion of investigation.