A special court in Mumbai has sentenced a 32-year-old man to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a female student, also a Marathi serial actress, as she boarded a local train in Dadar.
The court said the incidents showed the girls were not safe “even when surrounded by many people”.
On Wednesday, Special Judge Priya Bankar found the man guilty under Section 354 (assault or criminal force against a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the POCSO Act. . The detailed order was made available on Thursday.
Noting that the incident took place in a densely populated area, the judge said in her order: “The incident has a very negative impact on the girl victim, on her family members and on society. This guy This incident raises people’s spirits and shows that girls are not safe in society even when surrounded by many people.” According to the prosecution, the incident took place in 2019 and the victim was 16 at the time and studying in class XII.
The victim told the court that she used to act in Marathi soap operas and would travel to the suburb of Goregaon from Thane to shoot.
The incident happened as she was boarding a train to Thane from Dadar.
The defendant strongly disputed the victim’s oral testimony of the sexual assault on various grounds and even accused her of not producing the ID needed to enter Film City in Goregaon.
The court, however, said there was no evidence to dismiss her oral testimony that she was an actress and used to go to Film City for filming.
The court added that this was a reason for her to travel by train at the relevant time and was not directly related to the incident.
The accused also attempted to dispute the entire incident on the grounds that it was not necessary for her to board the general compartment when there were female-only cars.
The judge said there were separate coaches for women, but he did not restrict or prohibit their entry on general coaches like any other passenger.
Moreover, at the material time, the victim was traveling with a male friend, and there was nothing abnormal about her boarding a general compartment, notes the court order.
The court found that the prosecution had proven that the accused had committed the offense of outraging her modesty and sexually assaulting her by making “physical contact with advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures”.
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