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Delhi High Court: Pulling down the leggings of child victim and touching of thighs Constitutes offense of sexual assault under Section 7 of POCSO Act [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2020 8:03pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court: Pulling down the leggings of child victim and touching of thighs Constitutes offense of sexual assault under Section 7 of POCSO Act [READ JUDGMENT]

On 3rd July 2020, a judgment was passed by the Single Bench Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, High Court of Delhi who held that “Pulling down of leggings of a child victim and touching of thighs is sexual assault under Section 7 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO) (Rajendra Vs State). 

The Judgment was against an order of conviction passed by the Trial Court against the Appellant, Rajendra. The Trial court had convicted the Appellant for the offense under Section 10 of the POCSO Act. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 5 years along with fine of Rs 10,000 and in case of default to pay the fine a further period of 1 month of rigorous imprisonment. 

As per the prosecution, the victim then aged 9 years at 2:30 PM was watching TV with her brother then aged 7 years. When Appellant came and inquired about the presence of her mother to which she told that she was off to work. Knowing this he removed her leggings and tried rubbing her thighs to which she got frightened and managed to escape to her neighbor's house where she found that she was not at home she returned her home. 

At around 3:30 PM he again came to the victim’s house and asked her to play songs to which she asked him to leave the house and he left. At around 4:00 PM once again when the victim was going to tuition the Appellant asked at what time she would return.… Continue Reading...


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