Man ac­quit­ted in case of mo­lest­ing cousin

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: A Mal­vani-based man, who was on trial for mo­lest­ing his 14-year-old cousin, has been ac­quit­ted on Thursday. The teenager and her mother had both turned hos­tile dur­ing the trial, lead­ing to his ac­quit­tal.

The case was reg­is­tered in 2016 upon the com­plaint of the teenager’s mother. In her com­plaint, she said that she had re­turned from Mum­bai Cen­tral around noon on De­cem­ber 14, when she did not find her daugh­ter at home.

On en­quir­ing, her son told her that she had gone to the neigh­bour’s house. The teenager later came home cry­ing and dis­closed to her mother that the ac­cused sex­u­ally as­saulted her, the pros­e­cu­tion claimed.

As per the pros­e­cu­tion, the ac­cused had also as­saulted the teenager around four months be­fore the in­ci­dent came to light.

Dur­ing the trial, the sur­vivor and her mother turned hos­tile and said no such in­ci­dent took place.

The teenager said in her tes­ti­mony that she and her mother had gone to the po­lice sta­tion af­ter they had a dis­pute over wa­ter with the fam­ily of the ac­cused.

The ac­cused had, in his de­fence, claimed that he is the cousin of the girl.

The de­fence coun­sel told the court that the ac­cused had ad­mon­ished the girl for loi­ter­ing out­side the house late at night and asked her to go home. When she did not obey him, he slapped her and asked her to go home again, his ad­vo­cate said.

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