Man gets three year imprisonment for molesting toddler

A Thane court has awarded three years rigorous imprisonment to a 35-year-old man for molesting a toddler living in his neighbourhood.

District and Sessions Judge S C Khalipe pronounced Vinit Nandkumar Dhanawade guilty under relevant provisions of the POCSO Act and IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

She also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the accused in her order last week.

According to the prosecution, the accused molested the girl when she went to his house in the Kashimira area on February 26, 2016.

The accused then gave a candy to the girl and threatened to beat her up if she revealed the incident to anyone.

However, the girl told her mother the same day.

Subsequently, the victim’s parents questioned their neighbour but he denied the allegations.

The parents then lodged a police complaint on February 29 and the accused was arrested.

Judge Khalipe observed that the delay in the filing of FIR was explained satisfactorily by the prosecution.

The victim was so young at the time of the incident. So, her parents had tried to confirm the incident, but the accused repeatedly denied his role, causing the delay in filing of the FIR, she said.

The judge also said that the victim was three-and-a-half years old and therefore, the oath (at the time of deposition in the court) was not administered to her.

“If no oath is administered, it does not mean that the victim’s evidence is not reliable and cannot be considered,” she observed.

Considering the facts and evidence produced in the case, the prosecution has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the accused had molested the girl and there was no reason to disbelieve the girl and her mother, the judge said.

Court upholds jail term of man

Court upholds jail term of man
Court upholds jail term of man

A Delhi court has refused to set aside the jail term awarded to a convict for molesting a seven -year-old girl, saying the fact that she gave her statement in writing as it “made her fearful” about testifying “negates the grant of any leniency” to him.

District and Sessions Judge Anu Malhotra dismissed the plea of convict Madan Lal against a trial court’s order sentencing him to two months in jail for the offence of molestation under section 354 of IPC.

“In the circumstances of the case, where the allegations are proved against the appellant of molestation of a minor to the extent that it made the child fearful and brought her to shame that she was unable to testify in court and had to give her written deposition on a piece of paper, negate the grant of any leniency whatsoever.

“Rather, the sentence imposed by trial court sending him only to two month’s imprisonment for the offence punishable under section 354 of IPC, is lenient enough,” the judge said.

The judge also noted that the child had identified the convict in court and there was no reason to disbelieve her.

“The court is of the considered view that the testimony of the child brings forth the veracity of the allegations levelled against the applicant and there is no reason to disbelieve her or her parents.

“There is no ostensible reason for which the parents of the minor would put the honour and reputation of the child at stake,” the judge said.

According to prosecution, Lal, who was residing in the same building as the victim in south Delhi, molested her on May 31, 2010 when she was playing nearby.

The girl came home crying and narrated the incident to her mother, who lodged a police complaint, it said.

Lal was arrested and after trial, he was sentenced to jail by a Mahila Court here in 2014.

The convict, resident of south Delhi, in his appeal, had sought setting aside of the trial court’s April 2014 order on sentence contending that there was no independent witness to support the prosecution case and he was falsely implicated.

The court, however, rejected his contentions and relied on the statement of the child and her parents saying there was no previous enmity or reason for them to implicate the convict.

( Source – PTI )

Man sentenced to life for molesting grand daughter

Life imprisonment to a man has awarded by a local court to a man who have molest his seven year old grand daughter.

According to prosecution, on June 4, 2008, Shivkumar molested his grand daughter.

On the basis of the evidences, District Judge Rakesh Kumar held Shiv kumar guilty yesterday and awarded life imprisonment to him.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.