Hyderabad: Hyderabad District session court sentenced a man five years of rigorous imprisonment in a four-year-old case of raping his 13-year-old adopted daughter. In a judgement issued on January 20, the court also slammed the accused Ramesh Maheshwaram, with a fine of Rs.2, 500.

The 48-year-old Ramesh and his wife adopted a girl child as they didn’t have kids. Ramesh in March 2015 raped his adopted daughter, when his wife was not at home. He threatened the girl child stating that he will kill her if she complaints to anybody. Later on 30 March 2015, Ramesh came to the house in drunken state and again tried to sexually assault the minor. As the girl resisted and shouted, Ramesh out of anger hit her with the handle of a blunt weapon and cut her right wrist.

Knowing the case the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) helped the girl with the legal procedure. On-behalf of the minor, Nihal Kovvali Legal cum Professional Officer of CWC filed the case on the same day of the incident, with Ghatkesar Police station.

The accused was arrested and kept in the judicial custody of Ghatsekar Police station. After four-years, the court on January 20 announced the final verdict on the case.

In December 2019 in six-year-old case Palla Srinivas Reddy was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for outraging the modesty of a minor girl.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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