Mumbai: Teen gets one-year 9-5 term for sexual crime

19-year-old was 15 when he committed the crime in 2011; he has been asked to serve the term at a special home

A Sessions court yesterday sentenced a 19-year-old, who had sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy in 2011, to a year of 9 am-5 pm shifts at a special home.

The convict, who was a minor at the time he committed the crime, was convicted for a year in a special home in 2013 but got out on bail the same day.

In 2011, when the convict, a 15-year-old at that time, used to work at his father’s scrap shop in Dahisar, an 11-year-old boy, came to his shop to sell a bottle he had picked from the road.

The convict, who was alone at the shop, pulled the boy in and sexually assaulted him.

The convict’s lawyer Prakash Salsingikar argued before the court, “The accused is at an impressionable stage and if he is kept at a special home he might get spoiled. Also, he won’t be able to meet his parents too for a year.”

The appeal was heard by Judge HS Mahajan, who found him guilty under Indian Penal Code Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 377 (unnatural offences) with 511 (attempting to commit offences).

The order
“However, instead of sending him to a special home as directed by the juvenile court, now the accused will have to go to the special home, David Sassoon Industrial School, Matunga for one year from 9 am-5 pm every day. The superintendent of the special home is directed to provide the accused vocational guidance as well as get miscellaneous work of the institution done from him to shape his character and career,” said Mahajan in his order.

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