A Mumbai court has acquitted
a man from charges of POCSO after he spent one year in prison. The man was falsely charged of rape by his daughter who wanted to keep him away from home.
48-year-old man, who is a father of five children, was arrested over a year ago on charges of sexually harassing his 17-year-old daughter. He has been acquitted after the court found the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act charge was added only so that he could remain in prison.
During the trial, both the man’s wife and his daughter turned hostile in court and denied the allegations. The court found the family members were against his drinking habit and dominance, hence they decided to lodge the complaint.
The court also said there were no evidence to show the girl was a minor at the time of the offence. The court added,
Thus, the prosecution has failed to prove that POCSO Act is applicable.
In court, the mother denied that her daughter was sexually assaulted. She deposed her husband is a drunk and used to beat them. The mother said as he was harassing them, therefore, she complained to the cops in anger. The court also said,
The victim has deposed that her father needs mental treatment, but he would not take his medicine… The medical report also did not point any sexual assault.
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