A special court under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting his 11-year-old stepdaughter in Mumbai.

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A special court under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, has sentenced man to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting his 11-year-old stepdaughter in Mumbai.

The victim was sexually assaulted by her stepfather when her mother was hospitalised in Mumbai.

The victim, who lived on a Mumbai footpath, had lost her father when she was very young. Her worked as a sweeper and was the lone breadwinner of the house. A few years after her husband’s death, the woman married the accused, who was unemployed.

However, in 2019, the woman had to be hospitalised and it was around this time that the accused started sexually assaulting the minor girl. He even threatened the victim about informing anyone. However, the minor girl told her friend about the incident. Her friend then told her mother, who later informed the victim’s mother about the incident.

The victim’s mother then immediately lodged an FIR against the accused.

In the court on Monday, the defense argued that the FIR was registered because the woman was upset as the man refused to work and they had constant fights. However, Special Public Prosecutor Geeta Sharma argued that the girl was too small to concoct such a story.

“There is no reason for victim to falsely implicate a step father who is respectable by post,” argued Sharma.

The court, after hearing arguments from both sides and perusing the evidence, convicted the man for the crime.

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