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‘It is not a crime to rub the head and back of a minor without dirty intent’: HCNews WAALI

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The Bombay High Court has given an important decision in the case of sexual abuse of minors. The Nagpur bench of the High Court has said that it is not a crime to rub the head and back of a little girl without any wrong intention. With this decision, the court acquitted the accused in a case in 2012 11 years ago. The matter was listed for hearing on February 10, 2023. The accused was found guilty of outraging modesty by the trial court.

According to reports in the media, the matter was dated March 15, 2012. Then an 18-year-old youth from Wardha had gone to a house to deliver some papers. At that time there was only a 12-year-old girl at home. While handing the papers to the girl, the young man hit her head and back. During this, the young man told the victim that she had grown up now. The girl was afraid of this action by the young man and started making noise. Hearing the noise, people gathered around. The young man caught. The girl’s family members were later called over the phone.

On the complaint of the girl’s relatives, the police had registered a case against the youth under sections 451 and 354 of the IPC. In this case, the accused party in his defense said that the relatives of the victim had borrowed some money from him and when he was asked to return it, false allegations were made. The money transaction between the accused and the victim’s mother was also proven correct in the investigation. Even on the day of the incident, the young man went to the victim’s house with some papers in the same case.

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The court said in its judgment that the victim had not spoken anywhere about the accused touching her inappropriately. In the girl’s statement, there was only a pat on the back. The court agreed that the girl did not like to do that. The court accepted that the young man looked at the victim as a child. The High Court did not accept the lower court’s decision to convict the youth and set aside the sentence. The judgment in the case has been pronounced by Justice Bharti Dangre.

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