Mumbai: A Special Court for the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Pocso) has sentenced a 33-year-old man to three years rigorous imprisonment for assaulting an underage girl and her specially disabled aunt on a local train while he was traveling between Badlapur and Dadar stations in a disabled compartment. The court also sentenced the valid convict to one year in prison for traveling in a compartment for the disabled.
POCSO Special Judge AD Deo quoted Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela: “There can be no more accurate revelation of the soul of a society than the way it treats its children. Children are easy targets of sexual violence and are therefore extremely vulnerable.
The judge sentenced the Mumbra resident to three years imprisonment under Article 8 of the POCSO Act for sexual assault on a minor, under Article 354 of the CPI (Assault or criminal force on a woman with the intention to outrage his modesty).
According to the prosecution’s filing, the incident took place on August 4, 2017, when the 17-year-old was traveling as an escort with her disabled aunt to attend a program organized by the National Association for the Blind in Reay. Road.
They were traveling from Badlapur to Kurla in a fast local train. After Ghatkopar station, they proceeded to the door of the train when the accused first touched the minor inappropriately and the girl thought it might have been inadvertent. However, he then assaulted his aunt who slapped him. Other train passengers then grabbed him and took him to Kurla Government Railways Police Station.
After registering an offence, the Kurla police registered the victim’s statement under Article 164 of the CrPC (registration of confessions and statements) as well as witness statements. Later, the indictment was filed.
The court convicted the defendant, finding that both victims had provided sufficient details of the incident and that their testimonies were cogent, consistent and reliable.
While concluding, the court said that unwelcome and inappropriate touching by male passengers during travel is a very common sexual assault suffered by women traveling on public transport, but ignored by almost all of them and that, as a result, almost all of these assaults go unreported.