Rape with a British woman: Ex-Chandigarh hotel employee sentenced to 12 years in prison, Rs 1 lakh fine : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Chandigarh, July 25

A 31-year-old former employee of Lalit Hotel, IT Park, Chandigarh, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a British woman in the hotel’s spa on December 20, 2018.

Swati Sehgal, Special Judge, Fast Track Court, Chandigarh, also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on the convict.

The court said that the accused by committing a heinous offense with the prosecutor i.e. a foreign national on Indian soil also tainted the motto of our country i.e. “Athiti Devo Bhava”.

“With the increase in cases of rape and assault faced by foreign nationals in India, a psychosis of fear has been created among tourists. Rape is not only a barbaric act committed with a woman’s body, but also leaves a scar on her mind and soul that never fades. Such an act of the accused has tarnished the image of our country. The defendant deserves to be severely punished,” the court said in the order.

Police had arrested Farhanuzza Zama, a resident of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, on the complaint of a British woman on December 31, 2018, after registering a case against him under section 376 of the IPC. The accused worked as a hairdresser-therapist at the hotel.

In the complaint filed with the police, the woman alleged that on December 20, 2018, while sitting in front of the pool with her boyfriend at around 10:45 a.m., Zama came to give them a head and foot massage. She said when the defendant touched her inappropriately above the knee during the massage, she protested and objected, but he told her he was checking the pressure points. She alleged that the accused later sexually assaulted her.

She said she filed a complaint with hotel staff, after which hotel management terminated her services.

She said the hotel management had promised her that appropriate action would be taken against the accused. The woman then traveled to Shimla and returned to the hotel on December 27, 2018. When she saw that no police complaint had been filed against the accused, she herself addressed to the police and filed a complaint with the police at IT Park Police Station following which a case of rape was registered against the accused.

After completing the investigation, the police filed a complaint against the accused and charges were brought against him under Article 376 of the ICC.

The plaintiff had joined the trial by videoconference from the UK.

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