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CRI
MINALAPPEALNO.655OF2019

APPELLANT :Suni
l@ Sumi tS/oPral
hadRamt eke,
Agedabout28y ears
,Occu.Laboure
r,
R/oFegad,Kuhi,Dis
t.Nagpur.
(Pr
esent
lyatCe nt
ralPr
ison,Nagpur)

VERSUS

RESPONDENT :StateofMaharas
htra,
throughPoli
ceSt
ati
onOfficer
,
Polic
eStati
on,Welt
ur,Di
st.Nagpur
.

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Mr.M.J.Khan,A.P.P
.fortherespondent/Stat
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CORAM :V
.M.DESHPANDE,J.
DATE :JANUARY21,2020.

ORALJ
UDGMENT

1. Thi
sappe
ali
sfi
led by t
he appe
llant
,who i
sinj
ail
,

t
hroughhi
sAdv
ocat
eMr
.Ami
tS.Band. Theappe
llantal
ongwi
th

c
o-ac
cus
edRohi
t@ Gol
uwe
rec
onv
ict
edbyt
hel
ear
nedEx
traJ
oint

Addi
ti
onalSe
ssi
onsJ
udge
,Nagpuri
nSpe
cialChi
ldPr
ote
cti
onCas
e

No.246/
2017byi
tsj
udgme
ntandor
derdat
ed25.
03.
2019.

2. The appe
llant
/ac
cus
ed no.
1 was c
onv
ict
edf
or t
he

of
fenc
epuni
shabl
eunde
rse
cti
on376(
2)(
i)(
j)r
eadwi
thSe
cti
on109

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eadwi
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rom Se
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ort
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akeof

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ty)andhewass
ent
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ferr
igor
ousi
mpr
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or

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ineofRs
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ate

s
ent
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ewasi
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ionunde
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ons16

and17r
eadwi
thSe
cti
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so

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ort
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fenc
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rSe
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t
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ferr
igor
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mpr
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earandt
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al
soc
onv
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ort
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fenc
epuni
shabl
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nalCodeandwasdi
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igor
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igor
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rSe
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on342

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oft
he I
ndi
an Pe
nalCode and was di
rec
tedt
osuf
ferr
igor
ous

i
mpr
isonme
ntf
ors
ixmont
hsandt
opayaf
ineofRs
.500/
-.I
tis

i
nfor
medt
othi
sCour
tthatt
hes
aidc
o-ac
cus
edc
hos
enott
ofi
leany

appe
albe
for
ethi
sCour
t.

3. I
nvi
ew oft
heaf
ore
sai
d,t
hisCour
tisr
equi
redt
oas
ses
s

t
hepr
ose
cut
ionc
asequat
heappe
llantonl
y,whowasac
cus
edno.
1

i
nSpe
cialChi
ldPr
ote
cti
onCas
eNo.246/
2017.

4. The pr
ose
cut
ion c
ase asi
twasdi
scl
ose
d dur
ing t
he

c
our
seoft
ri
al,c
anbenar
rat
edasunde
r:-

A] Smt
. Swat
i Lokhande
, a Woman Pol
ice Nai
k, was

at
tac
hedt
oWe
lturPol
iceSt
ati
onon10.
8.2017andwhe
nshewas

di
schar
ginghe
rdut
iesont
hes
aidday
,at11.
30am,t
hev
ict
im al
ong

wi
thhe
rgr
andmot
herc
amet
opol
ices
tat
ion. Thev
ict
im gav
ehe
r

or
alr
epor
t.I
tisatExh.
19. Af
terr
ecor
dingt
hes
aidr
epor
taspe
r

t
he v
ict
im’
sve
rsi
on,t
he s
aid wass
igne
d by t
he v
ict
im he
rse
lf.

Subs
eque
ntl
y,ont
hebas
isofs
aidr
epor
t,t
heof
fenc
ewasr
egi
ste
red

wi
tht
hes
aidpol
ices
tat
ionv
ideCr
imeNo.79/
2017. Thepr
int
ed

f
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ion r
epor
tisatExh.
86. Smt
.Swat
iLokhandeal
so

r
ecor
dedt
hes
tat
eme
ntofs
omewi
tne
sse
saf
terr
egi
str
ati
onoft
he

c
rime
.

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B] Aspe
rther
epor
t(Exh.
19)
,thev
ict
imi
sage
dabout13

y
ear
sands
hewast
aki
nghe
reduc
ati n8th s
oni tandar
datBhar
ti
ya

Dny
anpe
ethSc
hoolatv
ill
ageF
egad.Shei
shav
ingonee
lde
rsi
ste
r

andt
wobr
othe
rs.He
rpar
ent
sar
ethel
abour
ers
.Aspe
rther
epor
t,

on05.
8.2017,s
heal
ongwi
thhe
rfr
iendAnj
aliat5.
00O’
cl
ocki
nthe

e
veni
ng we
re pr
oce
edi
ng t
othe
irf
ri
end Har
sha f
or obt
aini
ng

home
wor
knot
ebook.Thatt
ime
,Sumi
tRamt
eke(
appe
llant
)cal
led

he
r. Anj
alipr
oce
ede
dfur
the
r. Att
hatt
ime
,theappe
llantc
aught

hol
dthev
ict
im andt
ookhe
rtot
hehous
eofGol
uBar
sagade(
co-

ac
cus
ed)
. The
reaf
ter
,shewaspus
hedbyt
heappe
llanti
nsi
det
he

hous
eofGol
uandf
rom out
sidehel
atc
hedt
her
oom.Thatt
imec
o-

ac
cus
edGol
uwaspr
ese
nti
nthehous
e.Aspe
rthef
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ion

r
epor
t,f
rom t
heout
sideappe
llants
tat
e xksyq yk teoq ns] rwyk
d“

fdrh iSls ikghts rs eh nsrks”


. The
raf
ter
,aspe
rthef
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ion

r
epor
t,c
o-ac
cus
ed Gol
ure
mov
edt
he c
lot
hesoft
he v
ict
im and

c
ommi
tt
edr
apeon he
r.I
ntheme
anwhi
le,he
rsi
ste
rKaj
alwas

br
oughtbyAnj
aliands
het
ookoutt
hev
ict
imf
rom t
hehous
eofc
o-

ac
cus
ed. Aspe
rther
epor
t,s
inc
ethe
rewasat
hre
atgi
venbyGol
u

t
hats
he(
vic
tim)wi
llbede
fame
dint
hes
oci
ety
,sheandhe
rsi
ste
r

Kaj
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oset
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nci
denti
mme
diat
ely
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ver
,on

09.
8.2017pai
nst
art
edt
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her
efor
e,s
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scl
ose
dthe

i
nci
dentt
o he
rgr
and-
mot
herand t
her
eaf
tert
heyr
eac
hedt
othe

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pol
ices
tat
ionandl
odge
dther
epor
t.

C] Af
terr
egi
str
ati
on oft
he c
rime
,it
sinv
est
igat
ion was

e
ntr
ust
edt
oAPIAv
inas
hUpas
e(PW9)
.Het
ookpanc
haswi
thhi
m

andwe
ntt
othes
potandpr
epar
edt
hes
potpanc
hana
ma(
Exh.
27)
,

whi
chwasdul
ysi
gne
dbyhi
m andt
wopanc
has
. Heal
sos
entt
he

v
ict
imt
oPr
imar
yHe
alt
hCe
ntr
e,We
lturbygi
vingr
equi
si
ti
onl
ett
er

t
otheMe
dic
alOf
fi
cer(
Exh.
73)
.Fr
om t
her
e,t
hev
ict
im wasr
efe
rre
d

t
oMay
oHos
pit
al,Nagpur
.The
ref
ore
,theI
nve
sti
gat
ingOf
fi
cergav
e

r
equi
si
ti
on l
ett
ert
othe Me
dic
alOf
fi
cer
,May
o Hos
pit
alNagpur

(
Exh.
57)
. Thev
ict
im wase
xami
nedt
her
ebyt
heMe
dic
alOf
fi
cer
.

APIUpas
ethe
nar
res
tedt
heac
cus
edpe
rsons
.Heal
soc
oll
ect
edt
he

Bi
rt
h Ce
rti
fi
cat
e oft
he v
ict
im i
ssue
d by t
he Gr
am Panc
hay
ati
n

pur
sua
ncet
othe r
equi
si
ti
on l
ett
er gi
ven by hi
m t
othe Gr
am

Panc
hay
att
o pr
ovi
de t
he Bi
rt
h Ce
rti
fi
cat
e. The s
aidl
ett
eri
sat

Ex
h.75. The Bi
rt
h Ce
rti
fi
cat
e oft
he v
ict
im i
satEx
h.76. The

I
nve
sti
gat
ing Of
fi
cer al
sor
ecor
dedt
he s
tat
eme
ntoft
he v
ict
im

t
hroughCWCandal
sot
hrought
heMagi
str
ate
.

D] TheI
nve
sti
gat
ingOf
fi
ceral
sos
eiz
ed aqui
ltf
rom t
he

s
potwhi
lepr
epar
ingt
hes
potpanc
hanama.Sai
d qui
ltwass
eiz
ed

unde
rse
izur
epanc
hanama(
Exh.
28)
. Heal
sos
eiz
edc
lot
hesoft
he

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v
ict
imv
ides
eiz
urepanc
hanama(
Exh.
29)andt
heme
dic
als
ampl
es

oft
he v
ict
im we
res
eiz
ed unde
rse
izur
e panc
hanama (
Exh.
30)
.

Si
mil
arl
y,t
he c
lot
hesoft
heappe
llantwe
res
eiz
ed unde
rse
izur
e

panc
hanama(
Exh.
32)
,whi
let
hec
lot
hesofc
o-ac
cus
ed Gol
u we
re

s
eiz
ed unde
rse
izur
epanc
hanama (
Exh.
31)
. Af
terc
ompl
eti
on of

us
uali
nve
sti
gat
ion,hef
il
edt
hec
har
ge-
she
et.

E] Thel
ear
ned Ex
traJ
ointAddi
ti
onalSe
ssi
onsJ
udge
,in

Spe
cialChi
ld Pr
ote
cti
on Cas
e No.246/
2017 f
rame
dthe Char
ge

agai
nstt
heappe
llantandc
o-ac
cus
edRohi
t@ Gol
u. Thel
ear
ned

J
udge Char
gedt
he appe
llantf
ort
he of
fenc
espuni
shabl
e unde
r

Se
cti
ons354,354A,506and109r
eadwi
thSe
cti
on376(
2)(
i)(
j)of

t
heI
ndi
anPe
nalCodeandunde
rSe
cti
on16r
eadwi
thSe
cti
on3,4

oft
hePOCSO Ac
t,whe
reashec
har
gedc
o-ac
cus
edRohi
t@ Gol
ufor

t
heof
fenc
epuni
shabl
eunde
rSe
cti
ons376(
2)(
i)(
j),506 and 342

r
eadwi
thSe
cti
on34oft
heI
ndi
anPe
nalCodeandunde
rSe
cti
ons3

and4oft
hePOCSO Ac
t.Bot
htheac
cus
edde
nie
dtheChar
geand

c
lai
medf
ort
hei
rtr
ial
.Inor
dert
opr
ovei
tsc
ase
,thepr
ose
cut
ionhas

e
xami
nedi
n al
lte
n wi
tne
sse
s and al
sor
eli
ed upon v
ari
ous

doc
ume
ntsdul
ypr
ove
ddur
ingt
hec
our
seoft
het
ri
al.St
ate
mentof

bot
hthe ac
cus
ed unde
r Se
cti
on 313 oft
he Code ofCr
imi
nal

Pr
oce
dur
ewe
rer
ecor
dedbyt
hel
ear
nedJ
udge
.Co-
acc
use
dRohi
t@

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Gol
ual
soe
xami
nedt
wode
fenc
ewi
tne
sse
s. Theappe
llantdi
dnot

e
xami
ne any de
fenc
e wi
tne
ss. Hi
sde
fenc
e wasoft
otalde
nial
.

De
fenc
eoft
hec
o-ac
cus
edwast
hatt
hedayoft
hei
nci
dentwasRakhi

Pour
nimaandt
her
efor
e,hi
ssi
ste
rswe
repr
ese
nti
nthehous
eandhe

was not al
one at home
. The l
ear
nedJ
udge f
ound t
hat t
he

pr
ose
cut
ionhaspr
ove
dit
scas
eagai
nstbot
htheac
cus
edandatt
he

s
amet
imef
oundt
hatc
o-ac
cus
edc
oul
dnotpr
ovehi
sde
fenc
e.The

l
ear
nedJ
udgeal
sof
oundt
hatt
her
ewasnooc
cas
ionorr
eas
onf
or

t
he v
ict
im gi
rlt
ofal
sel
yimpl
icat
ethe appe
llantand t
her
efor
e,

pas
sedt
hei
mpugne
djudgme
nt.

5. Ac
cor
dingt
othel
ear
nedc
ouns
elf
ort
heappe
llantMr
.

A.
S.Band,t
he appe
llanti
sfal
sel
yimpl
icat
edi
nthe c
rime
. He

s
ubmi
tst
hatt
her
eisde
layi
nlodgi
ngt
hef
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ionr
epor
t.I
t

i
sal
sohi
ssubmi
ssi
ont
hati
fthee
nti
rec
aseoft
hepr
ose
cut
ion i
s

e
val
uat
edi
nit
scor
rec
tpe
rspe
cti
ve,i
tappe
arst
hatt
hev
ict
im gi
rl

wasac
ons
ent
ingpar
tyandt
her
efor
e,t
heCour
tbe
low oughtnott
o

hav
econv
ict
edt
heac
cus
ed.

6. Pe
rcont
ra,Mr
.Khan,t
he l
ear
ned Addi
ti
onalPubl
ic

Pr
ose
cut
orf
ort
heSt
atev
ehe
ment
lys
ubmi
tt
edhi
sbr
ieff
ordi
smi
ssal

oft
hisappe
al.

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7. Thepr
ose
cut
ionhase
xami
nedi
nal
lte
nwi
tne
sse
sthe
y

ar
easunde
r:-

i
] PW1t
hev
ict
im.

i
i] PW2Shrikrus
hnaTi
tarmar
e.Heac te
dasapanc hand
provedspotcum s
eiz
ure panchanama (
Exh.28)and
vari
ouss
e i
zur
epanc
hanamasi.e
.Ex hs.
29to32.

i
ii
] PW3Tej
ram Ghadwe. Heals
oac t
edaspanc
hal
ong
wit
hPW2Shrikr
ushnaTi
tar
mare.

i
v] PW4i sSmt.Kant
abai
,grandmot herofthevi
cti
m,to
whom t heinci
dentwasdi sc
los
ed byt hevi
cti
m and
thereaf
ter
,sheaccompanie
dt hev i
cti
mt othepoli
ce
stat
ion.

v
] PW5i sKaj
al.Shei
ss i
ste
rofthevi
cti
m,whor
esc
ued
thev
icti
mfrom t
hehouseofc
o-ac
cus
ed.

v
i] PW6isAnjal
iBagade
.Shei
sfr
iendoft
hev
ict
im.She
tur
nedhos
til
e.

v
ii] PW7i
sDr
.Pr
iyankaShe
lkar
,whoe
xami
nedt
hev
ict
im.

v
iii
]PW8i
sLat
a.Shei
sthemot
heroft
hev
ict
im.

i
x] PW9 i
sASIAv
inas
h Upas
e,t
heI
nve
sti
gat
ing Of
fi
cer
and

x] PW10isSwat
iLokhande
,whohast
ake
ndownt
heor
al
re
por
t.

8. Dur
ingc
our
seoft
hei
nve
sti
gat
ion,PW9ASIUpas
egav
e

ar
equi
si
ti
on t
othe Gr
am Panc
hay
at,F
egad t
ofur
nis
hthe bi
rt
h

c
ert
if
icat
e of t
he v
ict
im. Ac
cor
dingl
y,Se
cre
tar
y of t
he Gr
am

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9 APEAL655.19.odt

Panc
hay
ati
ssue
d bi
rt
hce
rti
fi
cat
e oft
he v
ict
im. The s
aidi
sat

Ex
h.76.I
tshowst
hatdat
eofbi
rt
hoft
hev
ict
imi
s04.
9.2004.Ev
en

i
nthee
xami
nat
ion-
in-
chi
efi
tse
lf,t
hev
ict
im di
ddi
scl
osehe
rdat
eof

bi
rt
has04.
9.2004. Thes
aidv
ers
ionoft
hev
ict
im wasnotatal
l

c
hal
lenge
dbyanyoft
heac
cus
ed. Fur
the
r,be
for
ethi
sCour
t,t
he

l
ear
nedc
ouns
elf
ort
heappe
llantdi
dnotdi
sput
ethedat
eofbi
rt
hof

t
hev
ict
im as04.
9.2004. Thus
,iti
scr
yst
alc
lea
rthatont
hedat
eof

t
hei
nci
dentt
heageoft
hev
ict
im wasabout13y
ear
sandass
uch

s
hewasa“
Chi
ld”wi
thi
ntheme
ani
ngofCl
aus
e(d)ofSe
cti
on2(
1)

oft
hePOCSOAc
t.

9. Aspe
rther
epor
t,t
hev
ict
im be
longt
oabac
kwar
dcl
ass

andwast
aki
nge
duc
ati n8th s
oni tandar
d. Shei
nhe
rev
ide
nceas

we
llasi
nthef
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ionr
epor
tst
ate
dthats
heal
ongwi
thPW6

Anj
aliwe
repr
oce
edi
ngt
othehous
eofoneHar
shaf
orc
oll
ect
ing

home
wor
knot
ebook.PW6Anj
alidi
dnots
uppor
tthepr
ose
cut
ion,

howe
ver
,suppor
tthev
ers
ionoft
hev
ict
imt
hats
hei
she
rfr
iendand

Har
shai
sal
sot
hei
rfr
iend.

10. Aspe
rthee
vide
ncewhe
nthev
ict
im al
ongwi
thAnj
ali

(
PW6)we
repr
oce
edi
ngt
othehous
eofHar
sha,on t
hewayt
he

appe
llanti
nte
rce
pte
dthev
ict
im andc
aughthol
dhe
randpus
hedhe
r

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10 APEAL655.19.odt

i
nsi
de t
he hous
e ofc
o-ac
cus
ed Gol
u and l
atc
hedt
he doorf
rom

out
side
. As pe
rthe f
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ion r
epor
t as we
llas he
r

s
ubs
tant
ivee
vide
nce
, whe
nthe v
ict
im s
hout
edt
hat t
ime t
he

appe
llants
tat
ed and ut
ter
ed wor
dsf
rom out
si R;kyk teoq ns]
de“

rwyk ykxsy frrds iSls eh nsby-” I


nthi
spar
toft
hec
ount
ry,whe
n

wor
dsar
emadet
ore teoq ns” t
ad “ hatme
anst
hatt
hepe
rson

ut
ter
ing s
uch wor
dsde
mandss
exualpl
eas
uref
rom s
uch gi
rlor

woman.Thei
nci
denthasoc
cur
redi
nvi
ll
ageF
egad.The
ref
ore
,iti
s

qui
tepos
sibl
ethatt
heappe
llant
,who i
sre
side
ntofs
uchv
ill
age
,

woul
dus
esuc
hrus
ticl
anguage
.The
ref
ore
,af
terpus
hingt
hev
ict
im

i
nsi
det
hehous
eofc
o-ac
cus
edGol
uwhe
ntheappe
llants
aidf
rom

out
si R;kyk teoq ns”
de“ ,itme
anst
hathewasas
kingt
hev
ict
im gi
rl

t
hats
hes
houl
dal
low Gol
utohav
ese
xwi
thhe
r. Notonl
ythat
,as

pe
rthev
ict
im’
sev
ide
nce
,theappe
llantf
urt
hers
tat
est
hathewi
ll

payt
heamountt
ohe
raspe
rhe
rwi
sh.

11. Ac
cor
dingt
othel
ear
nedc
ouns
elMr
.Band,i
nde
pende
nt

wi
tne
ssAnj
alihast
urne
dhos
til
e.I
tisal
sohi
ssubmi
ssi
ont
hatt
he

appe
llanthasnotc
ommi
tt
edr
apeonhe
r. Tr
uei
tist
hatAnj
alidi
d

nots
uppor
tthepr
ose
cut
ion. Howe
ver
,ifhe
rev
ide
ncei
ssc
anne
d

pr
ope
rly
,iti
scr
yst
alc
learast
oforwhatr
eas
ons
hei
snots
uppor
ti
ng

t
hepr
ose
cut
ionc
ase
. Par
agr
aph4oft
hee
vide
nceofAnj
aliwhe
n

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11 APEAL655.19.odt

s
hewasc
ros
s-e
xami
nedbyt
hel
ear
nedAddi
ti
onalPubl
icPr
ose
cut
or

i
sve
ryi
mpor
tanti
nthatbe
hal
fandt
hes
amei
sre
produc
edhe
rei
n

be
low :
-

“4] I tist rue that,our ’si sa s mallvillage and


ther eforeweknow ever yper son. Itist r
uet hat ,the
fami ly member s ofthe ac cused are playing bl ack
magi c.I ti struet hat
,al lt hevi l
lagersareawar eof
thisf act.I tist ruethatass uc hthevi l
lager shave
appr ehens ioni ntheirmi ndsf ort hem.I tistr uet hat
,
ass uc hpeopl ear enott alkingagai nstthem.I tistrue
that , due t os uc h appr ehens i
on I am al so not
inter estedtoi nvolveint hismat ter.Itistruet hat,the
incidenthappenedwi t
hxxx( vict
im)i sknownt omay
vil
lager s.I ti struet hat,Ial so know t hei ncident
occ ur redwi thxxx( vic
tim) .I tistruethat,aswehave
tos t ayi nt hevill
ageandduet oappr ehensionIam
notdepos i
ngagai nstthem. ”

Fr
om t
heaf
ore
sai
d,i
tisc
learast
owhatmus
thav
ebe
ent
her
eas
on

i
nthemi
ndoft
hispr
ose
cut
ionwi
tne
ss,whowasal
soage
dabout

onl
y14y
ear
s,f
ornots
uppor
ti
ngt
hepr
ose
cut
ionc
ase
.Howe
ver
,he
r

e
vide
nceasappe
ari
ngi
npar
agr
aph4c
lear
lypr
ove
sthatt
hei
nci
dent

hadoc
cur
redt
othev
ict
im,butduet
ofe
arf
ort
her
eas
onss
tat
ed,

s
hewasnotc
our
age
oust
ost
atei
nex
ami
nat
ion-
in-
chi
ef.Though,i
n

t
hee
xami
nat
ion-
in-
chi
ef,s
hec
oul
dnotgat
herc
our
age
,howe
veri
t

appe
arsf
rom he
rcr
oss
-ex
ami
nat
ion t
hatany
how s
he gat
her
ed

c
our
ageandt
rut
hhasc
omeonr
ecor
d. I
nthatv
iew oft
hemat
ter
,

t
houghf
ormal
lyAnj
ali(
PW6)wasde
clar
edhos
til
e,s
hei
swi
tne
sst
o

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12 APEAL655.19.odt

t
het
rut
hands
hes
uppor
tedt
hepr
ose
cut
ionwhe
nshenar
rat
eedt
hat

t
hei
nci
denthadoc
cur
redt
othev
ict
im.

12. Aspe
rthee
vide
nceofPW5 Kaj
al,Anj
ali(
PW6)had

be
ent
ohe
rhous
eandna
rrat
edt
hatv
ict
im wass
hout
ingf
rom t
he

hous
eofGol
u.The
ref
ore
,PW5Kaj
alwe
ntne
art
hes
aidhous
e.As

pe
rthee
vide
nce
,thatt
imet
heappe
llantwass
tandi
ngout
sidet
he

hous
eoft
hec
o-ac
cus
ed and t
hehous
ewasc
los
edf
rom out
side
.

Whe
nshet
ri
edt
oent
er,t
heappe
llantobs
truc
tedhe
rfr
om e
nte
ring

i
nthehous
e. Howe
ver
,shegav
eje
rkt
otheappe
llantande
nte
red

i
nsi
det
hehous
e. Thatt
imec
o-ac
cus
edGol
uwasc
ommi
tt
ingr
ape

onhe
rmi
nors
ist
er.Whe
nshewast
aki
ngouthe
rsi
ste
r,aspe
rthe

e
vide
nce ofKaj
al,bot
hthe ac
cus
ede
xte
nde
dthr
eatt
o ki
llhe
r

par
ent
sandde
famebot
hoft
hem.

13. Tr
uei
tis
,the
rei
sde
layi
nlodgi
ngt
hef
ir
sti
nfor
mat
ion

r
epor
t. Thede
layi
soff
iveday
s.I
n myv
iew,f
ort
hes
aidt
he

pr
ose
cut
ionc
asec
annotbet
hrowni
nthedus
tbi
ninas
muc
hasnot

onl
ythev
ict
im,butPW5Kaj
alhasof
fer
ede
xpl
anat
ionf
ort
hede
lay
,

whi
chi
spl
aus
ibl
eone
. Notonl
ythat
,fr
om t
hee
vide
nceofPW6

Anj
ali
,iti
ses
tabl
is
hedt
hatt
hef
ami
li
esoft
heappe
llantand c
o-

ac
cus
edar
epr
act
ici
ngbl
ackmagi
candt
her
efor
e,t
hee
nti
rec
iti
zenr
y

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13 APEAL655.19.odt

ofv
ill
ageF
egadar
eunde
rthe
irf
ear
.Inv
iew oft
hiswhe
nthet
hre
at

wase
xte
nde
dtot
hev
ict
im andhe
rsi
ste
rKaj
al(
PW6)nott
odi
scl
ose

s
aidf
actt
othepar
ent
sorgr
andmot
herorpol
ice
,inmyv
iew,c
annot

bet
ake
nex
cept
ionandi
tis
,inmyv
iew,mos
tnat
ural
. Thev
ict
im

wast
her
eaf
ters
uff
eri
ng pai
nin he
rst
omac
h due t
othe s
exual

as
saul
tonhe
rinhe
rve
rypr
imar
yageandt
her
efor
e,t
her
ewasno

opt
ion f
orhe
rbutt
o di
scl
oset
hei
nci
dent
.Int
hatv
iew oft
he

mat
ter
,Ir
eje
ctt
he c
ont
ent
ion oft
he l
ear
nedc
ouns
elf
or t
he

appe
llantt
hatt
hepr
ose
cut
ionc
asei
snot
hingbutf
als
ehoodbe
caus
e

oft
hede
lay
.

14. PW7Dr
.Pr
iyankaShe
lkarhade
xami
nedt
hev
ict
im.At

t
he r
ele
vantt
ime
,she waswor
king asa Gy
nec
ologi
sti
nIndi
ra

GandhiMe
dic
alCol
lege
,Nagpur
,whe
ret
he v
ict
im wasr
efe
rre
d

unde
rre
qui
si
ti
on (
Exh.
57)
. Vi
cti
m’s mot
her Lat
a(PW8) was

ac
company
ing he
r.Thev
ict
im al
sogav
ehi
stor
ytos
aidwi
tne
ss.The

hi
stor
yasna
rrat
edbyt
hev
ict
im wast
ake
ndownbyDr
.Pr
iyankai
n

t
heme
dic
alr
epor
t(Ex
h.58)
.Ev
enatt
hatt
ime
,itwass
tat
edbyt
he

v
ict
imt
otheDoc
tort
hats
hewaspus
hedi
nsi
det
hehous
eofc
o-

ac
cus
edGol
ubyt
heappe
llantandt
her
eaf
terr
apewasc
ommi
tt
edon

he
r.Dr
.Pr
iyankaf
oundt
hathy
menoft
hev
ict
im wast
orn,t
hough

ol
done
. Iam notat
tac
hingmuc
himpor
tanc
etoi
tast
ri
edt
obe

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14 APEAL655.19.odt

s
ugge
ste
d by t
he l
ear
nedc
ouns
elf
or t
he appe
llant
,si
ncet
he

i
nci
denthadoc
cur
redon5th ands
hewase
xami
nedon10.
08.
2017,

t
her
efor
e,notnot
ici
ngf
res
hte
aroft
hehy
men,i
nmyv
iew,i
smos
t

nat
uralone
.Howe
ver
,ev
ide
nceofDr
.Pr
iyankai
sthatt
her
ewasa

s
exualas
saul
tont
hev
ict
im.TheChe
mic
alAnal
yse
r’sr
epor
t,t
hough

i
tisnote
xhi
bit
ed,i
sadmi
ssi
blei
nev
ide
ncei
nvi
ew ofs
ub-
sec
tion4

ofSe
cti
on293oft
heCodeofCr
imi
nalPr
oce
dur
e. Aspe
rthel
aw

l
aid down byt
hisCour
tint
hec
aseofOmpr
akas
h S/
o Gay
aram

Ni
rmal
kar.
vs.St
ateofMahar
asht
ra,r
epor
tedi
n2016Al
lMR(
Cri
)

3337(
Cor
am :B.
P.Dhar
madhi
kar
iandV
.M.De
shpande
,JJ
),me
rel
y

be
caus
etheChe
mic
alAnal
yse
r’sr
epor
tisnote
xhi
bit
edt
hatdoe
snot

r
ende
rthedoc
ume
ntasi
nadmi
ssi
bleandt
hes
amec
annotbeke
pt

as
idef
rom z
oneofc
ons
ide
rat
ion. Aspe
rtheChe
mic
alAnal
yse
r’s

r
epor
t,t
heunde
rgar
mentoft
hev
ict
im wass
tai
nedwi
thbl
oodand

no e
xpl
anat
ion i
sthe
re. Fi
ndi
ng ofunde
rgar
ments
tai
ned wi
th

bl
ood,i
nmyv
iew,i
sani
ncr
imi
nat
ingc
irc
ums
tanc
ees
pec
ial
lywhe
n

not
hingi
sbr
oughtonr
ecor
dtos
how t
hatdur
ings
aidpe
riodt
he

v
ict
im wasi
nhe
rme
nse
s.

15. Ev
ide
nceoft
hev
ict
imi
sinc
ons
onanc
ewi
thor
alr
epor
t

(
Exh.
19)andhe
rst
ate
mentr
ecor
dedunde
rSe
cti
on164oft
heCode

ofCr
imi
nalPr
oce
dur
e (
Exh.
22)
. He
rev
ide
ncewi
ths
tood t
othe

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15 APEAL655.19.odt

s
crut
iny ofc
ros
s-e
xami
nat
ion,t
hough t
her
e ar
esome omi
ssi
ons
,

whi
ch ar
e mi
nori
n nat
ure and doe
snotgo t
othe r
ootoft
he

pr
ose
cut
ionc
ase
.

16. The
rewasnor
eas
onf
ort
hev
ict
imt
ofal
sel
yimpl
icat
e

t
heappe
llant
.Iti
snott
hec
aseoft
hev
ict
imt
hatt
heappe
llanthas

c
ommi
tt
edr
apeonhe
r.Shehasdi
scl
ose
dthet
rut
hbe
for
etheCour
t

t
hats
hewaspus
hedi
nsi
det
hehous
eofGol
uandt
henas
kedt
he

v
ict
imt
hats
hes
houl
dal
low c
o-ac
cus
edGol
utohav
ese
xwi
thhe
r

andf
ort
hats
hewi
llber
ewar
dedwi
thmone
y. I
nmyv
iew,t
he

s
ubmi
ssi
onoft
hel
ear
nedc
ouns
elf
ort
heappe
llantt
hatt
hev
ict
im

wasac
ons
ent
ing par
tyhast
obes
hownt
hee
xitdoorout
ri
ght
lyi
n

v
iew oft
hef
actt
hatt
hev
ict
im wasmi
norandwas“
chi
ld”wi
thi
nthe

me
ani
ngoft
hepr
ovi
si
onsoft
hePOCSOAc
t.

17. The
rei
s a pr
esumpt
ion av
ail
abl
einf
avour oft
he

pr
ose
cut
ionunde
rSe
cti
on29oft
hePOCSO Ac
t.Thes
amer
eadsas

unde
r:

“29. Presumption ast oc er


tai
nof f
ences-Wher e
apersoni
sprosecut edtocommi tanyof f
enceunder
Sect
ions3,5,7 and s ec
tion 9,theSpec i
alCourt
shal
lpres
ume,t hats uch pers
on hasc ommitt
ed or
abet
tedoratt
empt edt ocommi toff
ence,asthecase
maybeunlessthec ontr
aryisproved.

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16 APEAL655.19.odt

18. Though,t
hepr
esumpt
ioni
sav
ail
abl
einf
avouroft
he

pr
ose
cut
ion,i
tisr
ebut
tabl
eone
.Howe
ver
,int
hepr
ese
ntc
ase
,onc
e

i
tisnot
ice
dthatt
hepr
ose
cut
ionhaspr
ove
dthef
oundat
ionalf
act
s,i
t

wasf
ort
heac
cus
edpe
rsonst
ore
butt
hes
amebyadduc
inge
vide
nce

e
ithe
r by way ofc
ros
s-e
xami
nat
ion or by way ofi
nde
pende
nt

e
vide
nce
.Ins
ofarast
heappe
llanti
sconc
erne
d,hehasnotadduc
ed

anyi
nde
pende
nte
vide
nce
.Ev
enf
rom t
hel
ineofc
ros
s-e
xami
nat
ion

of t
he mat
eri
alpr
ose
cut
ion wi
tne
sse
s,t
he pr
esumpt
ion i
s not

r
ebut
ted.Notonl
ythat
,thoughanat
temptwasmadeont
hepar
tof

c
o-ac
cus
edt
hatt
hedayoft
hei
nci
dentwasRakhiPour
nima,not
hing

was br
oughton r
ecor
dtos
how t
hatt
he s
aid day was Rakhi

Pour
nima. The
ref
ore
,in myv
iew,t
hel
ear
nedJ
udgeoft
het
ri
al

Cour
twasr
ighti
nre
jec
tings
aidde
fenc
eal
so.

19. Se
cti
on16oft
hePOCSOAc
tre
adsasunde
r:

“16. Abet mentofanof fence``–Aper sonabets


anof fence,who-
Fir
st.- -Ins t
igatesany per s
on t o do that
offence;or
Secondly–Engageswi thoneormor eother
per s
onorper sonsinanyc onspiracyfort hedoingof
thatof f
ence,i fanac tori l
legalomi ssiont akespl
ac e
inpur suanceoft hatc onspiracy,andi nor dertot he
doingoft hatof fence;or
Thirdly–I ntenti
onal l
yai ds,byanyac tor
il
legalomi ssion,thedoi ngoft hatof f
enc e.”

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Si
mil
arl
y,Se
cti
on109oft
heI
ndi
anPe
nalCoder
eadsasunde
r:

“109. Punishmentofabet menti ftheactabett


ed
iscommi t
tedinconsequenceandwher enoexpres
s
provis
ion i
smadef oritspunishment.-Whoever
abets any off
ences hall
,i fthe ac t abet
ted i
s
commi tt
edinconsequenceoftheabet ment,andno
expressprovi
sion i
smade by t hisCode forthe
punishmentofs uch abetment,bepuni shed wit
h
thepunishmentprovidedfortheoffence.

20. Ev
ide
nce oft
he pr
ose
cut
ion wi
tne
sse
swoul
dcl
ear
ly

e
stabl
is
hthati
tist
heappe
llantwhohasi
nte
nti
onal
lye
xte
nde
dai
d

t
othec
o-ac
cus
edt
ocommi
trapeont
hev
ict
im. Thee
vide
nceon

r
ecor
dhase
stabl
is
hedt
hatwhe
nthev
ict
im waspus
hedi
nsi
deby

t
heappe
llant
,hel
atc
hedt
hedoorf
rom out
sideandnotonl
ythat
,he

guar
dedt
hehous
efr
om out
side
. Fur
the
r,het
ri
edt
opr
eve
ntKaj
al

f
rom t
aki
nge
ntr
yins
idet
hehous
e. Thats
howst
hatt
heappe
llant

washav
ingac
tiv
erol
einc
ommi
ssi
onoft
heof
fenc
eofr
apebyc
o-

ac
cus
edGol
u.Theac
tsc
ommi
tt
edbyt
heappe
llantwhi
char
edul
y

pr
ove
dbyt
hev
ict
im andot
herpr
ose
cut
ionwi
tne
sse
s,i
nmyv
iew,

pr
ove
sthatt
heappe
llantwasabe
torandheabe
tedc
o-ac
cus
edGol
u

t
ocommi
trapeont
hev
ict
im,ami
norgi
rl
.

21. I
ntot
ali
tyoft
hec
irc
ums
tanc
es,Iam oft
hev
iewt
hat

t
her
eisnoe
rrori
nthei
mpugne
djudgme
ntandonr
e-appr
eci
ati
on

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18 APEAL655.19.odt

oft
hee
nti
repr
ose
cut
ionc
ase
,Iam oft
hev
iewt
hatt
hepr
ose
cut
ion

haspr
ove
dit
scas
eagai
nstt
heappe
llanti
nit
sent
ir
etyandhei
s

s
ent
enc
edc
orr
ect
lybyt
hel
ear
nedJ
udge
. Cons
eque
ntl
y,Ipas
sthe

f
oll
owi
ngor
der:

ORDER

1. Thec
rimi
nalappe
ali
sdi
smi
sse
d.

2. Thej
udgme
ntandor
derofs
ent
enc
epas
sedby

t
he l
ear
ned Ex
traJ
oint Addi
ti
onalSe
ssi
ons J
udge
,

Nagpuri
nSpe
cialChi
ldPr
ote
cti
onCas
eNo.246/
2017

dat
ed 25.
03.
2019 c
onv
ict
ing t
he appe
llant f
or t
he

of
fenc
e puni
shabl
e unde
rse
cti
ons 376(
2)(
i)(
j)r
ead

wi
th Se
cti
on 109 and unde
rSe
cti
ons354,354A and

342oft
heI
ndi
anPe
nalCodeandal
sof
ort
heof
fenc
e

puni
shabl
eunde
rSe
cti
ons16and17r
eadwi
thSe
cti
ons

3and4oft
hePOSCOAc
t,i
she
rebymai
ntai
ned.

3. The appe
llant
,who i
sinj
ail
,shal
lunde
rgo

r
emai
nde
rofhi
sjai
lse
nte
nce
.

V
.M.De
shpande
,J.

Di
wal
e

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