Stalking and molesting teenager : Maharashtra Court orders rigorous imprisonment of two years

Thane : A Maharashtra court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to two-year rigorous imprisonment for molesting a teenage girl.

Special judge (POCSO court) S A Sinha in her order on Friday also imposed a fine of Rs. 2,000 on the accused – Vilas Kakade.

Kakade used to stalk the 15-year-old girl in the Manpada area of ‚Äč‚ÄčThane city following which she informed her parents, who warned the accused.

On November 2, 2017, the accused molested the Class 10 girl when she was returning home from her school. He also slit his wrist with a knife and told her she would be blamed if he committed suicide.

On January 30, 2018, the accused again approached the girl when she was returning home from school and threatened her.

The girl’s parents then filed a police complaint following which the accused was arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Section 354 (an attack or criminal force on woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

The girl’s mother took the right step to caution the accused against his behavior, but in vain, she noted. Another prosecution witness, who used to accompany the girl, supported and corroborated the victim’s testimony, the judge observed.

The judge said the girl’s testimony is important and fully corroborated by her mother, whom she informed about the offence.

“Therefore, there is no reason to reject the prosecution witnesses. Their evidence is truthful, reliable and trustworthy,” she said in her order.

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