New Delhi: A 34-year-old man has been sent to jail for three years for trying to kidnap an eight-year-old girl and sexually harassing her by showing indecent films by a Delhi court which said he does not deserve any leniency.
Additional Sessions Judge Illa Rawat handed down the jail term to convict Naresh, a resident of north-west Delhi`s Rohini area, after holding him guilty under various provisions of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
"I hold guilty accused Naresh for the offences punishable under Sections 363/511 IPC (attempt to kidnap) and 11(i),(iii) (sexual harassment of a child) of the POCSO Act punishable under Section 12 of POCSO Act and he is convicted accordingly for the said offence," the judge said.
The court noted that the victim`s mother in her testimony had said, "for about a month after the incident, the girl remained under trauma and hesitated going out alone from the house since the time of the incident."
The court also awarded a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the victim under the "Restorative and Compensatory Justice" scheme for the welfare and rehabilitation of the child and the amount would be paid by the Delhi government.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the morning of April 21 last year. The victim was on her way back home from a nearby shop when Naresh dragged the child and sexually harassed her by showing her indecent films on his mobile phone.
The victim got herself freed from his clutches and rushed to her house, it said, adding that Naresh followed her to her house in naked condition and was caught by her parents and neighbours.
The court while rejecting the contention of Naresh that he was falsely implicated in the case, held that "the accused has not given any plausible explanation for his alleged false implication in the case."
The defence counsel claimed that the child was tutored by her parents when she appeared to depose in the court and she gave her statement under the influence of her parents.
The counsel sought leniency for Naresh on the ground that he was unmarried, the only bread earner in the family with an old-age mother to look after.
The court, however, deemed the case unfit for leniency.