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‘Rape Victims Should Not Be Harassed While Filing Case,’ Says Court

Mumbai: A special court said that victims of sexual misconduct should not be made to move from one police station to another.

The court observation came during the hearing of a case of a 5-year-old rape victim, who was made to visit three police stations in 2015.

On Thursday, the court sentenced a 34-year-old man to life imprisonment for rape and kidnapping of a girl under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other sections of protection of children from sexual offences.

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According to a report by the Indian Express, the court said in its detailed order that the minor rape victim was taken to three police stations, which was violated.

During the trial, counsel for the accused raised the issue of jurisdiction and asked whether the FIR in the case was lodged at the right police station.

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“There is a lot of cross-examination about jurisdiction, as the victim was first taken to MIDC Police Station, then Aarey Police Station and finally Sahar Police Station. She should not have been made to go from one police station to another and to that place. She should have been immediately taken to the comfort of her home or to the hospital for medical treatment,” the report quoted the observation made by the court.

The victim suffered sexual injuries and serious injuries in treatment for more than three months.

The rape incident took place on 1 March 2015 when the girl was abducted from near her home. The girl’s residence comes under the jurisdiction of Sahar Police Station.

The accused took the victim to Aare Forest and raped her and later fled from the spot. During the trial, the judgment was relied upon to apprehend the convict based on the victim’s testimony and the details of the accused given to him, CCTV footage and other forensic and medical evidence.

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