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Man acquitted of charges of raping minor girl

Press Trust of India  |  Thane 

A special acquitted a 40-year- old powerloom in Bhiwandi township here of charges of raping a four-year-old girl.

R N Bawankar, the of the special for hearing cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused.

The man, a resident of Khadipur locality in Bhiwandi, was booked under section 376 of the (rape) and provisions of the POCSO for allegedly sexually assaulting the girl when she was playing outside her home in his neighbourhood on November 22, 2016.

The victim's mother later filed a complaint at the following which he was arrested.

Three eyewitnesses deposed in the but did not support the prosecution's theory.

After hearing both the sides, Bawankar, in a recent order, acquitted the man while observing that since the eyewitnesses did not support the case, the evidence submitted on record by the was not sufficient to prove the charges levelled beyond reasonable doubt.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 11:05 IST