In a shocking incident a special court in Mumbai on Thursday sentenced a couple in their 80's to 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl who lived in their neighbourhood. The shocking incident took place eight years ago, in 2013, in Girgaon.
The court convicted the couple under Section 6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The special POCSO court, presided over by judge Rekha Pandhare, also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on them.
According to police report, the horrific incident took place on September 4, 2013, when the 4-year old girl was returning from her friend’s house, TOI reported. The couple, whom she referred to as “dada and dadi [grandmother and grandfather]”, called her on her way.
The victim said when she went to the man, he carried her and took her into the house. Later when she tried to leave, the man slapped her. The police said that the child alleged that while the woman held her, the man and his wife undressed her both sexually assaulted her.
When the girl tried to escape the man spat on her face, according to the police. The girl said she was scared and after the accused let her go, she dressed up and ran back home.
The girl’s mother told the police that her daughter informed her about the incident later in the day when she came back from work, TOI reported. The mother said she checked her daughter’s private parts and found inflammation. She then told her husband, and complained to police.
The accused were arrested the next day. They were out on bail at the time of the hearing of the case on Thursday.