Mumbai Crime: 19-year-old gets 5-year jail term for molesting minors

The accused was sentenced under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO); he was convicted on charges of molesting a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old girl

A Sessions Court on Thursday convicted a 19-year-old for molesting two minor neighbours. The convict, who worked as a labourer, was sentenced to five years of imprisonment under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act). The judgment was given by special POCSO court Judge S D Tulankar.

Three minor girls, friends, stay in a chawl at Shivaji Nagar, Govandi. They used to go to the convict’s place to watch TV. On December 18, 2012, around noon, two of them a six-year-old and a 10-year old were watching TV at his house. After sometime their other friend, a nine-year-old girl also joined them.

Police said the accused then took her to another room and started to molest her. The 10-year-old saw this and entered the room. The accused also molested her. Later, he asked the girls to go home. The three girls then went to school and when they came back the nine-year-old narrated the entire incident to her mother and sister-in-law.

Her mother took her and the 10-year-old girl to Shivaji Nagar police station and registered a complaint. The accused was then arrested. The 10-year-old told the court, “After the incident, I told the accused I will complain to my grandmother. He threatened me, saying if I told her, he will run me over. Afraid of this, I did not tell anything to my family.”

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