Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:41:55 GMT

Delhi High Court upholds rapist priest's seven-year term

New Delhi: Noting that sexual violence was an assault on women's dignity, the Delhi High Court has upheld the seven years rigorous imprisonment given to a priest who repeatedly raped a 16-year-old here.

The crime took place -- of all the places -- in a temple.

"A rapist not only causes physical injuries but more indelibly leaves a scar on the most cherished possession of a woman -- her dignity, honour, reputation and not the least her chastity," Justice M.L. Mehta said.

"It is a serious blow to her supreme honour and offends her self-esteem and dignity. It degrades and humiliates the victim and where the victim is a helpless innocent child or a minor, it leaves behind a traumatic experience," the judge said last week.

The court observed that this particular "heinous offence was committed by a priest who is regarded as trustworthy and a respected person of the society".

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