The Bidar district session court on Thursday, sentenced Maruthi Amreppa Taare to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 5000 for raping a minor girl for 10 years.
The court instructed the district administration to seize his property and directed him to pay Rs.5 lakh compensation to the survivor.
In 2002, Maruthi, who was the president of school development and management committee (SDMC) of a government primary school in Bidar, started stalking the 14-year-old student.
According to reports, the girlâ€™s family refused the 34-year-old Maruthiâ€™s offer to marry her and sent her to Mangaluru for studies. Maruthi, who was already married with two children, brought the girl back to his hometown and married her at his home. The girlâ€™s family did not object to the wedding, as they were under the impression that the girl was in love with him.
The girl later conceived nine times, but was forced to abort the foetus every single time. However, the girl refused to abort the tenth time she became pregnant, and Maruthi later abandoned the child in Maharashtra.
In 2012, Maruthi threw her out of the house after she the girl became pregnant again and refused to abort. The girl then returned to her parentâ€™s house and filed a complaint of rape at Aurad police station.