Mumbai Court acquitted a man from charges under the POCSO Act after seven-years of being booked. The man was accused of kidnapping and raping a minor under the special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Earlier this week, Mumbai Court acquitted the now 33-year-old man, after learning that the alleged victim in the case was not a minor. The court noted that the girl was 19-years-old when she eloped willingly with the alleged accused.
The court also observed that the girl did not raise any alarm while travelling in public transport at various places with the man. Citing all the evidences, court noted that the woman voluntarily chose to go with the man.
Observing further in the matter, the court mentioned that though she was good at studies, her family did not allow her to pursue further education.
Advocate Ninad Mazumdar, who represented the accused man in the case said, the court approved the submission that it was a love affair and the girl eloped as her family was getting her married and not going to allow her to study further. Court said,
Moreover, after knowledge of her love affair with the accused, they arranged marriage of the prosecutrix. Therefore, the prosecutrix left the house on her own.
The court also examined and observed that the auto in which the girl and the accused travelled was in fact arranged by the girl’s friend. Concluding the matter, the court stated:
There is no evidence to show that the accused forcibly took her against her wishes. The evidence of the victim that accused pointed a knife and used to give threats did not appear probable. So also the fact is missing her statement to police.