Holding minor’s hand not sexual harassment: Pocso court | India News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Ruling that holding a minor’s hand once and professing love by itself does not amount to sexual harassment, a special Pocso court acquitted 28-year-old man who was booked and arrested after he proposed to a girl, 17, in 2017.
The court held that there was no evidence to show that the accused had any sexual intention. It also observed thatthere was no evidence that he had persistently followed the minor or accosted her in an isolated place. It said there was no cogent evidence to establish that the accused used criminal force with intention to outrage the modesty of the minor.
“Considering the evidence on record, I find that the prosecution has not been able to bring evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused has committed acts as alleged. Hence, the accused is entitled for benefit of doubt and subsequently for his acquittal,” it said.

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