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Uncles given life sentences for rape

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MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Indian court yesterday sentenced to life in prison two Indian men who were convicted of raping their 10-year-old niece in a case that caused a global furore when the girl was denied an abortion and had to give birth earlier this year. A fast-track court in Chandigarh also imposed a fine of 350,000 rupees ($5,416) each on the two men, who are brothers. “This is an appropriate punishment for such a heinous crime and should be a strong deterrent,” said Sangita Vardhan, head of the Chandigarh Child Welfare Committee that is counselling the girl, who continues to live with her parents. “That the conviction and sentencing took place so quickly is encouraging.”

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