Rape with UK woman: Chandigarh hotel ex-employee sentenced to 12 years of jail, Rs 1 lakh fine : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Chandigarh, July 25

A 31-year-old former employee of Lalit Hotel, IT Park, Chandigarh, has been sentenced to undergo 12 years of rigorous imprisonment 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 the accused by committing a heinous offense with the prosecutor ie foreign national on Indian soil, has also tainted the motto of our country, ie ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’.

“With the rise in rape and assault cases that foreign nationals face in India, a fear psychosis has been created among the tourists. Rape is not only a barbaric act committed with the body of a woman but also leaves a scar on her mind and soul that never fades away. Such an act of accused has maligned the image of our country. Accused deserves to be punished sternly,” the court stated in the order.

The 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 IPC. The accused was working as a hairstylist-cum-therapist at the hotel.

In the complaint filed before the police, the woman alleged that on December 20, 2018 when she was sitting in front of the swimming pool with her boyfriend at around 10.45am, Zama came and offered them a head and foot massage. She said that when the accused touched her inappropriately above the knee while massaging she protested and objected but he told her that he was checking pressure points. She alleged that later the accused sexually assaulted her.

She said she submitted a complaint to the hotel staff after which the hotel management terminated his services.

She said the hotel management promised her that appropriate action would be taken against the accused. The woman then went to Shimla and returned to the hotel on December 27, 2018. When she found that no police complaint was filed against the accused, she herself approached the police and lodged a complaint with the police at the IT Park police station following which a case of rape was registered against the accused.

After completing the investigation, the police filed the challan against the accused and charges were framed against him under Section 376 of IPC.

The complainant had joined the trial by video conferencing from the UK.

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