The girl was unable to identify the man, but the marks found on his wounds matched the accused’s teeth. In its decision, the Bombay High Court stated that this is a very serious offence. On August 4, Justice Sarang Kotwal denied the accused’s appeal. On July 7, 2017, a POCSO court convicted the accused under the IPC and the POCSO Act and sentenced him to 20 years in jail.
According to the Times of India, the 6-year-old child was taken to a nearby shop to buy ‘paan’ on July 4, 2014, and she did not come home. The police were called, and the next day they discovered him in the hospital. His face looked puffy, and he was dressed in someone else’s clothes. The girl informed her father that she had been sexually abused.
According to the underage girl, ‘an uncle’ prevented her from going to the paan shop, seized her money, and transported her to a higher plot. He threw her clothes on the ground, beat her, and raped her. He attempted to strangle the girl before throwing her into a pit filled with rain water. A woman walking by in the morning noticed him. He wrapped the girl in a blanket and drove her to the hospital.
The rape convict’s attorney contended that the victim girl did not recognise him and that the forensic expert’s view alone could not be a solid basis for guilt. In response, Justice Kotwal stated that the small girl stated that she could not see the accused since her face was covered. Given the girl’s distress, it’s reasonable that she couldn’t identify the culprit.