CHAMARAJANAGAR: Two priests along with a middle-aged bus conductor, who connived to get a minor girl forcefully married, were pronounced guilty on Wednesday and sent to jail by a court in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district.
The three guys were sent to jail by the orders of the Child-Friendly Special and First Additional District and Sessions' Court.
The convicted were identified as Mysuru-based priests Rajeshwara Shastri and K.N. Chandrashekara, also known as K.N. Shastri, and conductor M. Ravikumar of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).
The court sentenced Ravikumar to three years in prison and the two priests to one year of solitary confinement.
Police claim that on October 23, 2017, the accused forced the little girl into his car as she waited for the bus. The police said, he had the girl'mangalsutra' bound to her in a shed close to Gosai Ghat in Srirangapatna city.
The police said, the priests assisted the accused conductor in performing the marriage rituals despite knowing the girl was a minor.
The prosecution established the allegations that the defendant had threatened and sexually harassed the young woman after their marriage.
The decision was made by Judge A.C. Nisharani, and the prosecution's case was presented by Special Public Prosecutor K. Yogesh.