New Delhi: A youth who had raped a minor girl living in his neighbourhood after forcibly dragging her into his house two years ago has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by a Delhi court.

District Judge O P Gupta sent Vinod Kumar in jail for 10 years for raping a 11-year-old girl, who was his neighbour.

"After considering the rival submissions, convict (Kumar) is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years for commission of offence under section 376(2) (f) (raping an under 12 year old girl) of the IPC," the court said.

According to prosecution, the incident occurred in October 2010 when the victim was playing outside her house in West Delhi and Kumar, who resides near her place, asked her to accompany him to his house.

When she refused, Kumar forcibly took her to his house and raped her, police said, adding that she had become unconscious after the incident. He was arrested the same day.

The victim told the court that Kumar, after raping her, gave her Rs 15 to eat something from the market and had also threatened her not to tell anyone about the incident.

Seeking severe punishment for the accused, the police had submitted that such type of offences were increasing and they need to be curbed with a heavy hand.

"This is more so when the victim is of tender age. Her entire life had been spoilt. It is not a case of physical injury alone but it is a case in which the soul of the witness is also hurt," the prosecutor had said.

Kumar sought leniency he was a poor and was unable to understand the consequences of his alleged act.

The court, however, refused to show leniency to him.

(Agencies)