Mumbai: A special POCSO court in Mumbai sentenced a man in his 40s to five years imprisonment for repeatedly sexually abusing his seven-year-old differently-abled daughter.
Special Judge Bharati V Kale also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a man who worked as a sweeper before his arrest in the case in mid-2018.
In a rare case, Special Public Prosecutor Geeta Sharma said that in this case the victim did not testify because of her incompetence. His mother and aunt, who were eyewitnesses to the crime, testified. The child’s testimony could not be recorded before the magistrate even earlier though it was recorded by the police at the time of filing the complaint. The girl then spoke through gestures and sign language, which her mother had helped the police understand. The man had rejected the child who was born disabled.
The matter came to light when the man started harassing his wife and child, who had moved to a small flat in Nalasopara due to his harassment. The mother said that she was addicted to alcohol and would beat her up for not paying the money and would also sexually abuse her daughter.
When he came to know that he had bought a flat in Nalasopara, he came there and started demanding joint ownership in it. He started touching the girl inappropriately to force her to give her rights in the flat. The woman, who worked as a cook, had relied on her employer, who had linked her to an NGO that helped her file a complaint.