An astrologer on Saturday was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a court in Odisha’s Balasore for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in 2015.
48-year-old Sanyasi Mandal was awarded the jail term by Ajanta Sarangi, Special judge of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court.
Fine of Rs 5,000 was also slapped on the accused. In default, he would be imprisoned for three more months.
Mandal had sexually assaulted the girl on March 24, 2015 after he visited the victim’s house on the pretext of reading palms of her family members.
The FIR was lodged by the victim’s mother after she came to know about Mandal’s act.
(With PTI inputs)