Sex­ual abuse cor­rodes kids’ mem­o­ries, smile: Court

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Aamir.Khan2@ times­

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sen­tenced a man ac­cused of sodomy to 10 years’ jail, ob­serv­ing that the scars of a sex­ual as­sault do not heal in the mind of a child and cor­rodes any pleas­ant mem­ory.

The court also said that in this coun­try, where idols are wor­shipped, rivers wor­shipped and fasts per­formed for long life of chil­dren, it is un­for­tu­nate that some of them are forced to live a life of frus­tra­tion, de­pres­sion and mor­bid­ity.

While award­ing the pun­ish­ment to Manoj and slap­ping a fine of Rs 30,000 on him, ad­di­tional ses­sions judge Seema Maini said sex­ual as­sault leaves its deep-rooted scars on the en­tire per­sona of the child. “These scars do not heal up ever, de­spite the best med­i­cal aid. They are cor­ro­sive in na­ture, cor­rod­ing ev­ery smile, ev­ery pleas­ant mem­ory and ev­ery mo­ment of hap­pi­ness com­ing to the sur­vivor’s way,” the court ob­served.

A com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 3 lakh was awarded to the sur­vivor in ad­di­tion Rs 20,000, which would be given to him from the fine amount.

The con­vict was the sur­vivor’s neigh­bour and robbed off the child of his jovial and care­free child­hood, the court noted. “In a coun­try, where idols are wor­shipped and rivers treated as mother-fig­ure, fasts are per­formed fre­quently for the long life of one’s hus­band and chil­dren, it is an un­for­tu­nate sce­nario that some of these ‘chil­dren’, who are blessed with a long life are forced to live the life of frus­tra­tion, de­pres­sion and mor­bid­ity,” it said.

The pros­e­cu­tion had ar­gued that on Septem­ber 8, 2014, the con­vict took the mi­nor to his house on the pre­text of feed­ing him. As there was no news of the child for a long time, the child’s mother went to the con­vict’s house and saw him flee­ing from there. She found the child in an un­con­scious state.

The mi­nor’s state­ment re­vealed that he was beaten up and sodomised, but the con­vict claimed that he had been falsely im­pli­cated the case fol­low­ing a quar­rel with the child’s fam­ily. Find­ing the tes­ti­monies of the wit­nesses and the sur­vivor trust­wor­thy, the court found the man guilty.

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