In the second shortest trial in Rajasthan [ Images ], the son of a top police officer was Wednesday awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment by a local court, 22 days after he raped a German tourist in Alwar.
B H Mohanty, who was found guilty of raping the 26-year-old woman at a hotel in Alwar on the intervening night of March 20 and 21, was also fined Rs 10,000 by Additional District Judge R K Maheshwari of a fast-track court.
Mohanty, an MBA student from Delhi [ Images ], is the son of Orissa cadre Additional Director General of Police B B Mohanty.
The victim was not present when the verdict was pronounced. Thirteen witnesses were produced during the trial.
The incident had occurred at a local hotel where Mohanty and the victim had stayed.
Alwar police had been informed of the rape after the victim sent a number of text messages to a relative in Berlin who got in touch with the German Embassy in New Delhi.
Mohanty is in judicial custody after his arrest at Khairtal station while returning with the victim on a Delhi-bound intercity train.
According to police, he confessed to his crime.
The victim subsequently alleged that the accused's relatives were threatening her and demanding a compromise.
This is a second case of conviction of a person for raping a German woman in Rajasthan.
A German tourist was raped by an autorickshaw driver and his colleague at Jodhpur [ Images ] on May 11, 2005. The fast track court had awarded life terms to convicts Shankar and Rakesh within 21 days.