Navi Mumbai, August 7: In a shocking incident, a 50-year old tutor was convicted by a Thane district additional sessions court for molesting a minor girl. According to a report by TOI, the incident took place on July 25, 2013, when the victim was eight years old. The court on Tuesday sentenced the man to three years' imprisonment. The report further informs that the eight-year-old minor used to go to the house of the accused for private tuitions in Vashi gaon.
The incident came into light when the victim’s mother filed a complaint after the girl narrated her ordeal to her. The man was booked under Section 354 of IPC for outraging the girl's modesty along with Sections 7 (sexual assault) and 8 (punishment for sexual assault) of POCSO Act, 2012. Reports inform that the judge considered statements of seven witnesses, including two officers of Vashi police station, the parents, and a medical officer of NMMC.
According to the TOI report, District government pleader Sangita Phad said the judge, S B Bahalkar, also levied a Rs 25,000 penalty, which will be given to the survivor. Phad informed that under the pretext of explaining a chapter in detail, he made the girl wait, while other students went home. He gave her chocolates and fondled her. However, the tutor denied the act but locals beat him up and handed him over to Vashi police.