Sex with mi­nor boy: Biz­man granted bail

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Rebecca.Samervel @times­group.com

Mumbai: Three months af­ter a mother ap­proached po­lice with a sex­ual abuse com­plaint in­volv­ing her 16-year-old son, a spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences (Pocso) Act court re­cently granted bail to four of the six men ar­rested in the case. The boy had met the ac­cused on a gay dat­ing app.

In his state­ment to the mag­is­trate, the boy has said that he had only told three of the ac­cused his ac­tual age. In his po­lice state­ment, he named 26 peo­ple with whom he had al­leged- ly been in­volved sex­u­ally or just chat­ting on the app. He also paid amounts rang­ing from Rs 15,000 to Rs 65,000 to four of the men he met on the app. A school teacher, one of the ac­cused, has not been given bail.

In its bail or­der al­low­ing re­lease of the 54-year-old busi­ness­man and fa­ther of two, the court said, “No doubt the vic­tim boy is 16 years old. How­ever, ac­cused also doesn’t have any crim­i­nal an­tecedent. He is not a pro­fes­sional of­fender. Keep­ing him in jail till case is de­cided on its mer­its will amount to pre-trial con­vic­tion.”

Al­most 30% of the Del­hiMum­bai stretch of the Golden Quadri­lat­eral is un­safe for car, bus and truck oc­cu­pants, a study by agen­cies, in­clud­ing World Bank and the Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia, has found, re­port­sDi­pak Dash.

The study also as­sessed the Mumbai-Chennai high­way and found nearly half the stretch un­safe. It found that these two NH stretches were even more un­safe for two-wheel­ers, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, with hardly any fa­cil­i­ties for these vul­ner­a­ble road users.

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