Mahila Court in Tamil Nadu awards Life Imprisonment to POCSO Offender

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Oct 2019 3:30pm

Mahila Court in Tamil Nadu awards Life Imprisonment to POCSO Offender

A magistrate court in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu has awarded life imprisonment to an accused for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl under the provisions of POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012.

The Mahila Court Magistrate, A Geetha, further directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs. 7 Lakh to the girl victim after the legal aid committee filed a petition on behalf of the victim seeking compensation.

The 68 year old accused in 2017, had lured the 5-year old little girl in his neighborhood under the disguise of buying her chocolates and thereafter sexually abused her.

The victim narrated the incident to her mother, who then lodged a complaint at the local police station. The Theni police had immediately arrested the accused under the relevant provision of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act.

The investigation in the matter was completed by the Theni Police in April 2016 after which the matter was put to trial before the concerned Mahila Court.

The court delivered the final judgment in the case on Tuesday, October 15, sentencing the man to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 50,000 and one more year Rigorous Imprisonment if the accused fails to pay the fine.

The Central Government had recently passed the POCSO Amendment Act, 2019 on August 06 which made the punishments and fines under the act more severe as compared to earlier ones regarding commission of sexual offences against children even including the death penalty in rare cases.

Tagged: Theni District Court   Tamil Nadu   Mahila Court   Pocso Act   Pocso Offenders   Life Imprisonment  
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