Mumbai: A special court designated to hear cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) on Wednesday, sentenced a 48-year-old man to twenty years’ imprisonment for raping a minor girl. However, the victim denied the occurrence of the incident. The mother of the 4-year-old girl told the court, the daughter of accused Kasim Shaikh lived on the mezzanine floor of their building and she was the friend of her daughter.

On August 25, 2016, when she went to Shaikh’s house, she found her daughter lying on the floor and Shaikh touching her inappropriately. When she asked her daughter about it, the child told her Shaikh used to beat her and touch her inappropriately. Following this, she informed her neighbours and relatives and lodged a complaint at the police station.

After the complaint was lodged, the girl was taken for medical examination and the doctor who examined her told the court, during the examination he found evidence indicating the girl had been was raped and sexually assaulted. In her deposition before the court, when Ramesh Tripathi, Shaikh’s counsel asked the girl about the incident, she denied it. Special Public Prosecutor R S Kanojia established the guilt of Shaikh on the basis of the statements of the child’s mother and the medical reports.

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