Court acquits man accused of rape and abduction
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-20

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A special POCSO court here has acquitted a man accused of abducting and raping a minor girl in 2013, observing the prosecution failed to prove charges against him and that the victim is happily married to him.

Additional sessions and special judge A S Bhaisare, in a recent order, said the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) and 366 (abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage).

The judge observed that from the cross examination of the victim, it was evident she is “married to the accused and is happy with him.”

The court also said the prosecution failed to prove charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The prosecution in its submission told the court that on January 17, 2013, the accused (then aged 22), a resident of Wada taluka in the neighbouring Palghar district, had allegedly kidnapped the victim, who was 17-year-old then, and raped her.

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