The Bombay excessive courtroom has granted anticipatory bail to a 63-year-old rape accused citing the First Information Report (FIR) registered towards him about two years after the alleged sexual assault.
Justice Bharati Dangre, whereas granting bail to the accused on Wednesday, stated the FIR solely “vaguely” refers back to the incident that allegedly came about “in the month of May or June 2018, without any specific date or time”.
The 63-year-old was booked in Maharashtra’s Rajgad on August 27 underneath the Indian Penal Code’s sections 376 (rape) and 354 (outraging modesty of a girl), and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the idea of a girl’s grievance.
In her grievance, the girl alleged the person allegedly pressured himself on her on the promise of offering her work that she was in search of to help herself and her daughter after separating from her husband. She alleged the person additionally misbehaved together with her 14-year-old niece.
The man moved the excessive courtroom for anticipatory bail , saying he was falsely implicated on the behest of a trustee who had been expelled for fraud from a college the place he labored as a supervisor.
The courtroom discovered substance in his declare. The allegations underneath the POCSO Act in respect to the alleged misbehaviour with the 14-year-old additionally lack intimately and was reported after two-and-a-half years, stated the courtroom.
Experts say it isn’t unusual that victims of sexual assault don’t instantly file complaints with the police; it could possibly be because of trauma and even the social stigma round submitting a case that would maintain them again from approaching the police.
The courtroom additional stated the accused’s custodial interrogation was not obligatory as he’s a “responsible person and is working with a public charitable trust as a manager. He has roots in society and his chances of fleeing the course of justice are minimal”.