An accused was recently acquitted by a Special POCSO Court.
The accused who used to work as a medical representative was arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping a 17 who he had met on a bus.
The accused had spent almost a year behind bars but was let off after the woman informed the Court that she had never met the accused.
As per the statement of the woman, she had left the city without informing her parents because she fought with her sister.
During the proceedings, the Court observed that the prosecutrix was not ready to
admit that anything terrible had happened to her.
The prosecutrix stated that she went to Pune alone and stayed alone in a room as well.
She also came back to Mumbai by herself.
I Never Met the Accused
Before the Court, the woman stated that she did not have any connection with the accused.
It was held that considering the age of maturity, understanding and statement of the prosecutrix,
the evidence given by the Police Inspector becomes formal in nature;
therefore, the accused was entitled to be acquitted.
Based on a complaint that was filed by the brother of the woman, an FIR was registered by the police on 14th January.
As per the FIR
The woman returned a few days later and told the police that she met the accused on a bus and when the bus broke down they had tea and became friends.
She also stated that she went to the accused’s house on her own accord and had gone out with the accused and his friends for movies and bike rides.
As per the FIR, they took a bus to Nashik where they had sexual relations.
After that, the woman came back to Mumbai.
Charges as per the POCSO Act were added to the FIR because the girl was a minor at the time of the alleged incident.
In July, the accused’s application for bail was rejected by the Court.