Delhi court sentences priest to life for raping two minors, cites lines from Maya Angelou’s autobiography
“The child gives, because the body can, and the mind of the violator cannot” – a Delhi court cited these lines from American poet Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, while sentencing a 76-year-old priest to life imprisonment for raping two minor girls inside a temple in South Delhi.
The convict, Vishva Bandhu, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Additional Sessions Judge Vijeta Singh Rawat in a sentencing order dated July 16. He was arrested in this case in 2014 for repeatedly raping two minors aged about 7 and 9 years old. The court also observed that he has “desecrated the temple where the children should have had a carefree and safe time”.
The court imposed a fine of Rs 60,000 on the convict, and also awarded Rs 7,50,000 to each victim to “secure their emotional and mental health and to ensure that they have unhindered education equipping them for a safer future”….