September 20, 2021

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Court sentences molester to 1-yr RI after 32-day trial

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Court sentences molester to 1-yr RI after 32-day trial
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Court sentences molester to 1-yr RI after 32-day trial
Court sentences molester to 1-yr RI after 32-day trial

MUMBAI: In a speedy trial that took only 32 days and spanned over four court dates, the Esplanade magistrate’s court convicted and sentenced a 27-year-old man to one year of rigorous imprisonment for molesting a city banker who was about to enter her workplace in May.
The court said the fact that the key eyewitness happened to be a colleague who came forward to help her and caught the molester didn’t mean he was not an independent witness. The woman said despite her screams, no passerby came to her rescue.
“The incident took place on May 12 at around 1.45pm and though there were many passersby, the informant (woman) has specifically said no one came to rescue her. In such circumstances, it’s tough for the investigating officer to ascertain who was present near the place of incident at the time of the incident,” the court said.
It refused to let the accused get off on a bond of good behaviour under the Probation of Offenders Act. “Offences against women are on the rise and giving him benefit of Probation of Offenders Act may send wrong signals in the society,” metropolitan magistrate Hemant U Joshi said.
The trial began on August 3 and the court pronounced the verdict on September 2.

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