British woman raped: Former Chandigarh hotel employee sentenced to 12 years, fined Rs 1 lakh

Tribune News Service

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Chandigarh, July 25

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

Special Judge Swati Sehgal of Fast Track Court Chandigarh has also imposed a fine of one lakh rupees on the guilty.

The court said that the accused has also tarnished the motto of our country ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ by committing a heinous crime against the prosecutor i.e. foreign national on Indian soil.

“With the rise in rape and assault cases that foreign nationals face in India, a fear psychosis has arisen among tourists. Rape is not only a barbaric act done to a woman’s body but also leaves a mark on her mind and soul which never fades away. Such acts of accused have tarnished the image of our country. The accused should be given the harshest punishment,” the court said in the order.

On the complaint of a British woman, the police arrested Farhanuja Jama, a resident of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, on December 31, 2018 by registering a case under section 376 of the IPC. The accused was working as a hairstylist-cum-therapist in the hotel.

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

He said that he complained to the hotel staff following which the hotel management terminated his services.

He said the hotel management had promised him 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 has been registered against the accused, she herself approached the police and lodged a complaint with the police at IT Park police station following which a case of rape has been registered against the accused.

After completing the investigation, the police made a challan against the accused and framed charges against him under section 376 of IPC.

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