India’s first lady, the world’s most-hated Indian woman, has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.
The verdicts come after months of hearings and a long court battle.
The trial heard that on July 1, 2015, the 34-year-old mother of two allegedly molested her first child.
The accused, who also had two other children, said they were “not aware” of the molestation until she took the boy to her room.
The court said that on that day, she kissed and fondled the boy and told him she was happy to see him.
The boys were aged between 10 and 12 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Both the boys said that after being sexually abused by the woman, the mother told them to lie down and sleep.
The two boys told the court that they woke up the next day and were told they had to have intercourse.
The woman was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Thursday.
The boy’s mother and the other man were convicted of two counts of rape and one of molestation.
According to the Delhi High Court, the two men were initially charged with rape but later the two were charged with molestation of a child.
Both are due to be sentenced on December 6.
The sentencing was held in a court that was packed with women activists, lawyers and a journalist.
The court was told that the victims’ mothers had been campaigning for the court to sentence the woman to prison.
A spokesperson for the National Commission for Women said that the two cases of sexual abuse and sexual molestation had been a shock to the society and a cause of concern for all women.
“We are shocked at the sentence of the women’s advocate for the case,” the spokesperson said.
“The victim’s mother is also being criticised for the prosecution and the accused, while being the primary accused, have also been criticised for being silent.”
It is not only a scandalous case but also an instance of the systematic discrimination faced by women in the country.
“The case has divided India and cast a shadow over the country’s long-held tradition of female rule, a tradition which has long been criticised as one of patriarchal bias.
The case drew national attention as women were seen as the target of patriarchal violence and discrimination.
In April this year, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a woman who was acquitted of raping a man because she was a virgin.
The Supreme Court was also considering whether the death sentence of an 80-year old man who was found guilty on rape charges was too lenient, as he had not committed a crime.