A POCSO court in Mumbai recently acquitted a 22-year-old man from charges of allegedly sexually assaulting his two-year-old neighbour. The court noted that the complaint was filed only on ‘doubt of people’ who gathered and forced the mother to accompany them to the police.
The woman deposed that her children used to visit the house of the accused. She said that on September 29, 2017, when both her sons went to the house of accused, she heard her son crying. She found both the sons near the door of the accused and brought them back home.
Referring to the woman’s deposition,
She had not noticed anything. The people from the chawl gathered, they asked her to accompany them to the police chowky (police station) and said something ‘wrong’ took place with her sons. So, she complained.
The accused has been out on bail since December 2017.
The mother, in her statements to the magistrate made soon after the FIR was lodged and also in court during trial, said she had not seen anything. The court remarked,
It is crystal clear that the accused has not committed any such act of sexual offence on the two-year-old.
The court noted that she had also told the magistrate that the accused was a decent man. The court also said,
He never stared at young girls in her house. This shows he is decent. She did not state to the magistrate there was any injury to the [private parts] of the child. She specifically stated that people forced her to go to police.
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