PATNA: Suspended RJD MLA Rajballabh Yadav has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a minor girl on February 6, 2016. This is probably for the first time that a legislator has been given a life term for rape.

The special MP-MLA court in Patna on Friday also sentenced two others — Radha Devi and her daughter Sulekha Devi, convicted in the same case, to life in prison. Radha’s another daughter Tushi Devi, Sulekha’s daughter Choti Devi, and Choti’s husband Sandeep Suman, were awarded 10 years’ imprisonment on charges of human trafficking and conspiring in the rape case.

The victim, a Class X student then, was a friend of Choti, whose family lured her to Rajballabh’s house in Nawada district on the pretext of attending his birthday party. The judgment also disqualified Rajballabh as an MLA. He cannot contest any election until any higher court sets aside this verdict.

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