GAIGHAT, March 28: The District Court Udayapur has convicted two teenage boys of rape and murder of a minor and slapped life imprisonment on them.
The single bench of Judge Tejendra Prasad Sharma handed down the verdict against 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy culprits who had raped and murdered Aljina Khadka, 13, of Lafagaun in Rautamai Rural Municipality-3 in Udayapur on October 23.
According to the Registrar at the District Court Udayapur, Raj Kumar Acharya, the 16-year-old convict was slapped 12-years of imprisonment and Rs 100,000 for fine while 16 years of life sentence and Rs 30,000 in fine was slapped on another 17-year-old convict. Since both the convicts were juvenile, they will not have to serve life sentence as in the case of an adult. Therefore, they will serve half of the life sentence, shared Registrar Acharya.
The body of the minor was found buried in a jungle in Kharibari in Udayapur. Police had arrested the alleged rapist and murders with the support of trained sniffer dogs. After a thorough investigation, they were found guilty of raping and murdering the minor.