MUMBAI: The Bombay High court, while acting on an appeal filed by an accused of raping a disabled girl, upheld the conviction of the accused, awarded by the trial court.  Justice R Y Ganoo observed that the trial judge had handed over a sentence after considering the prosecution evidence.

While delivering the order the court observed, “The evidence clearly indicates that the girl had narrated each of these persons the event which took place, how the appellant indulged in the overt act. It is true that the said girl is deaf and dumb. These witnesses have stated that the said girl had narrated incident to each of them by movement of her hands.” “In the entire evidence, no material is brought on record by the appellant to show that there was enmity between family of the victim and the accused. In my view, the learned trial Judge has rightly appreciated the evidence of these witnesses and has held that the appellant had sexual intercourse with the said girl,” said the judge. “I accept the evidence of the prosecution witnesses and I accept the finding given by the learned trial Judge that the prosecution has proved the guilt of the appellant as regards charge under Section 376 of IPC beyond reasonable doubt,”the court observed.

45 year old killd in hit-and-run

Mumbai:  In a fatal hit-and-run accident, a 45-year-old woman was killed while she was walking on the road in the Joesph Patel wadi area near Seven Bungalows in Andheri West on Monday evening. The incident took place around 7 pm when the deceased Geeta Shinde was walking with her daughter Suvarna. The police are recording the statements of Suvarna to find out more about the unidentified motor vehicle.

BMC to increase beds for cancer patients

Mumbai: The Public Health Committee of the BMC on Tuesday decided to increase and improve the facilities that civic hospitals provide for treatment of cancer. These will include facilities for detection of cancer and provision for chemotherapy among others. “The number of beds in Nair hospital reserved for cancer patients will be increased to 75. We are also making provisions for providing chemotherapy at the hospital,” said Geeta Gawli, Chairman of the Public Health Committee. Civic hospitals such as Nair hospital, Sion hospital and KEM hospital currently have 25 beds reserved for cancer patients. Gawli added that provisions for chemotherapy have been made at Nair hospital, which until now only had facilities for carrying out cancer surgeries, so that patients don’t keep shuttling between Nair hospital andTataMemorialHospital. “This will also reduce pressure on Tata cancer hospital,” said Gawli.

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