As she raised an alarm, the man ran away, prosecutor Sanjay Londhe submitted before the court.
The girl informed her mother about the incident when the latter came from work that evening.
Subsequently, the girl’s mother lodged a police complaint.
According to the prosecutor, the evidence of the victim showed there was sexual intent on the part of the accused. Also, there were marks on her chest. The medical certificate also supports her story, he said.
The accused, in his defence, argued that the girl’s mother had a dispute over water with one of his relatives.
He said he had attempted to settle the argument because of which the girl’s mother was trying implicate him with a false allegation.
The accused also urged the court to take a lenient view saying he was poor and the only earning member in his family, with his wife and widowed mother being dependent on him.
In his order, the judge noted that the act of the accused to enter the girl’s house when she was alone and to touch her inappropriately showed it was committed with sexual intent.
The court also convicted the man under IPC section 354 A (1)(ii) (sexual harassment) and awarded rigorous imprisonment for another three months under it.
Both the sentences are to run concurrently.
Source – PTI