The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Harayana has ordered a 23-year-old man, who was found guilty of raping and abducting a minor in 2007, to take care of animals at a local cowshed for six months.
The accused was 17-year-old when he committed the crime in 2007 and therefore he was tried in the juvenile court. The verdict came six years after the juvenile board began proceedings against the accused, NDTV reported.
Board member Sunita Gupta has also ordered that his daily attendance be marked with the local superintendent of police.
"The case was filed seven years ago. Both the accused and the girl were minors when the incident took place. The man has been sentenced to work at a cow shelter for six months," Dhanpati, the deputy superintendent of police, told NDTV.
The accused started working at the cowshed on Wednesday. Sunita Gupta, a member of JJB, has ordered to get his presence marked every day with the superintendent of police. The accused have to work in the cow shelter from 9am to 5pm daily for six months.
"There are about 200 cattle in this community shelter for stray and abandoned cows. The convict feeds them, gives them water, and takes care of them. He will do this every day for the next six months," Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishan Lal told BBC.
The convict is charged with kidnapping and raping a minor in Haryana's Rewari district. In 2007, the accused eloped with the girl, both minor at the time of incident, and raped her at an isolated place.