The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the superintendent at Tihar Jail to consider appropriate correctional measures to reform a rape convict sentenced to 10-year imprisonment.
A division bench comprising Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra modified the life imprisonment awarded by trial court to 10 years of imprisonment after considering various mitigating circumstances relating to the accused.
“On a consideration of the entirety of circumstances, given the serious nature of the offence committed by the appellant, so that he is given an opportunity to reform and make useful contribution to society and not waste his existence, we consider it appropriate to reduce the sentence imposed by the learned trial Court of life imprisonment and of a fine of Rs.5000/- and in default of a payment of the said fine to undergo simple imprisonment for six months, which is thus so reduced and modified, - to a sentence of Rigorous Imprisonment for a period of ten (10) years and to pay a fine of Rs.5000/- and in default of the payment of the said fine to undergo simple imprisonment for a period of six months,” it said.
The bench also directed the superintendent at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, where the appellant shall be incarcerated for the remainder of the term of imprisonment to consider an appropriate programme for the appellant ensuring, if feasible:
The bench also directed the superintendent, Tihar Jail, New Delhi, to submit a bi-annual report to the court till the date of release, of the measures being adopted for reformation and rehabilitation of the appellant.
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