AIZAWL, April 9 - A middle-aged man in northern Mizoram�s Lawngtlai district, who had faked his own death, has been convicted for raping a physically and mentally challenged girl in 2014.
The court of Lunglei additional district & sessions judge Helen Dawngliani sentenced Muni Rai to ten years and six months� rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 70,000. If he cannot pay the fine, his imprisonment would be extended by another six months. The fine, if paid, will go as compensation to the rape victim as per section 357 Cr PC, the recent court judgment said.
The rape victim�s father had filed an FIR with Lawngtlai police station alleging that Rai raped his daughter when she was alone at home on November 27, 2014. After investigation, the accused was arrested and was charged under section 376 (2) (l) IPC. His case was sent to a higher court in Lunglei.
After he was in jail for some time, Rai was released on bail. He then failed to appear in court and became untraceable.
Later, his wife approached the court claiming that her husband had died, and she produced his death certificate. Suspecting a foul play, the court summoned the person who put his signature on the death certificate, and found that the signature was forged. The official, whose forged signature was on the death certificate, immediately filed an FIR.
Rai�s wife was then arrested and jailed for giving wrong information to the court. She later confessed that her husband was not dead and she forged the death certificate.
The court then issued warrant of arrest for Rai. After a few months of massive manhunt, the police found Rai alive in Kolasib district in northern Mizoram and arrested him.
The court, after hearing from seven witnesses, found Rai guilty of the crime beyond reasonable doubt.