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India's police arrest 81-year-old artist for 'digital rape' of minor girl

India's police arrest 81-year-old artist for 'digital rape' of minor girl

An 81-year-old artist-cum-teacher was arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on Sunday for allegedly raping a girl over a period of more than seven years, police officials said, reports Press Trust of India.

"Accused Maurice Ryder has been arrested after an FIR was lodged against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation). He is accused of digital rape of a 17-year-old girl over the last seven years," a police spokesperson said.

The term "digital rape" means forced sex using fingers or toes. Such offences earlier did not fall under the ambit of rape.

Ryder, an artist-cum-teacher, was arrested by officials of the local Sector 39 police station on Sunday.

"The girl lives here with her guardian, who has been a friend of the accused for around 20 years now. The guardian had lodged the complaint in the case," SHO Sector 39 Rajeev Kumar told PTI.

The accused was presented in a local court after his arrest and has been sent to 14 days' judicial custody, Kumar added.

In India, classification of a sexual offence as "digital rape" took place in the wake of the brutal Nirbhaya gang-rape case of 2012, which had shocked the nation and led to reforms in the country's criminal law to increase the ambit of crimes perceived as 'rape'.

What is digital rape?

'Digital rape' is mostly committed by the victims' near and dear ones. The term 'digital rape'  is used when a person forcibly inserts a finger or toes inside the private parts of someone without consent. In English, 'digit' is used as the synonym for finger, thumb and toes.

What is the punishment for digital rape in the law?

In the law, there is a provision for the punishment for the convict of digital rape. The offender may be awarded at least five years of jail if proven guilty. In certain cases, the court may order jail for 10 years or even imply life imprisonment.


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